By William O'Donohue
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However, closer examination leads me to deny in my own case the presence of imagery in the Galtonian sense. (p. 173) Watson was, of course, referring to the outcome of exercises in formal introspection. According to Dunlap (1932, p. 45), though, Watson himself reported no problems with informal visual imagery and employed it effectively when designing his apparatus. 2 WATSONIAN BEHAVIORISM 37 gather data damaging to the structuralist position (see also Watson, 1913a, p. 423). Watson's equivocation, though, may not have represented any actual wavering between methodological and metaphysical behaviorism but more a rhetorical tactic.
Applied Psychology After 1920, Watson increasingly promoted behaviorism, within both psychology and the culture at large. In these contexts, prediction-and-control still served theory through synthesis, but synthesis was now extended toward the solution of practical problems. In this context, Watson was making progress in understanding behavior by extending prediction-and-control outside the laboratory, where it became a basis for the promise of behaviorism in applied psychology and social engineering.
A. The Manifesto Even in his manifesto, Watson (1913b) equivocated over whether consciousness was real, but irrelevant, or a conceptual fiction. In the first paragraph, for instance, he suggested that introspection was not "essential," thereby making the methodological concession that consciousness existed. This stance was then reinforced by the statement: "It is agreed that introspection is the method par excellence by means of which mental states may be manipulated for the purpose of psychology" (p.