Origins of the Planning Function: An Analysis of a Cognitive Theory of Behavior
Lyon, Keith Edward
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The purpose of this thesis is twofold. In the first place I shall be explicating a theory of behavior advanced by George Miller, Karl Pribram, and Eugene Galanter based on the plans that people make In addition, I shall attempt to solve a problem that the authors have not developed, that of the origin of the basic plans presented and of the planning function itself. I feel that this function in man must be broken down into separate plans which can in turn be attributed to certain innate plans and structures. In my analysis I develop the concept of an anticipatory function which allows the organism to look into the future in order to evaluate the results of his actions. This formulation explains the selection of one plan in preference to another and is linked to action through the structure hypothesized by the authors.