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Behavioural and Neural Aspects of Learning and Memory$
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J. R. Krebs and G. Horn

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521983.001.0001

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The Croonian Lecture, 1990

The Croonian Lecture, 1990

The interdependence of the behavioural sciences

(p.119) The Croonian Lecture, 1990
Behavioural and Neural Aspects of Learning and Memory


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The exponential growth of science, and its magnificent achievements, have been accompanied by its disintegration into a multiplicity of subsciences. It is no longer possible for an individual to be an all-rounder, and that makes it the more important that collectively scientists should not lose sight of the essential unity of the scientific enterprise. This chapter aims to provide a framework to illustrate essential interrelations between the various subsciences that deal with behaviour and its underlying mechanisms, and to emphasize that the research worker must cross and recross the boundaries between them. It argues that full understanding of any one aspect of behaviour requires one to be not merely interdisciplinary, but to move backwards and forwards between disciplines.

Keywords:   behavioural sciences, subsciences, research worker, interdisciplinary approach

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