Richard J. Robertson

Richard J. Robertson, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, credits his interest in control theory to an encounter at the University of Chicago Counseling Center in 1957, where he was then an intern. He attended a lecture presented by Bill Powers, Bob Clark and Bob McFarland, a lecture that was later published as the opening statement of "an approach to psychology which has felt worth pursuing ever since...That lecture 'opened my eyes' and filled me with an excitement about the underlying nature of human behavior which has never left." As an early advocate of control theory, Professor Robertson is well acquainted with the struggle of gaining acceptance for new ideas. He acknowledges "an intellectual indebtedness to Thomas Kuhn for his seminal concept of the scientific revolution...I have drawn support from his description of the processes of crisis, resistance, and eventual paradigm shift...when I felt discouraged...." Luckily, for his students and his readers, Richard Robertson 's commitment to an inevitable paradigm shift to control theory from the conventional wisdom has been a significant factor in the progress toward that goal.

Contributors to Introduction to Modern Psychology

David M. Goldstein Clinical psychologist, consultant and pioneer in the development
of a truly workable research- and theory-based approach to
clinical psychology.
Richard S. Marken Former professor of psychology at Augsburg College, human-factors
engineer, and now senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation.
Frans X. Plooij Developmental psychobiologist who heads the Department
of R & D, Pedological Institute of the City of Amsterdam
(Institute of Child Studies)
William T. Powers Associate editor of this work; originator of the control-theory
model. See Powers on PCT.
Richard J. Robertson Editor of this work and professor of psychology at
Northeastern Illinois University.

Richard S. Marken

RickpicRichard S. Marken, Ph.D. is a research psychologist and human factors engineer. He received his BA in psychology (cum laude) from UCLA and his Ph. D. in experimental psychology from UCSB. Dr. Marken was Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he taught courses in introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, mental testing, history of psychology, perception, human development, control theory, and computer applications. He also consulted at Honeywell, Inc. on statistical, methodological and human factors issues related to workspace design and human-computer interface technology.

Dr. Marken is Senior Behavioral Scientist at The RAND Corporation in El Segundo, Los Angeles. He is the author of three books, Methods in Experimental Psychology, (Brooks/Cole, 1981) and Mind Readings: Experimental Studies of Purpose (CSG Press, 1992), More Mind Readings (Life Learning Associates, 2002), and over 40 papers on control theory and psychology. He is currently teaching an upper-class level course in Cognition at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Behavior: The Control of Perception is on the reading list.



Philip J. Runkel

A distinguished educator, the late Dr. Runkel was Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 50 years, he taught and wrote extensively in the fields of social psychology, research methods, and organizational consultng.

In addition to People as Living Things, Professor Runkel has contributed numerous papers and chapters to scholarly publications, and authored several books, including Casting Nets and Testing Specimens: Two Grand Methods of Psychology, Praeger, 1990; Research of Human Behavior: A Systematic Guide to Method (with Joseph E. McGrath), Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972, and Handbook of Organization Development in Schools and Colleges (4th edition, with Richard A. Schmuck), Waveland Press, 1994.

His lengthy and lively correspondence with Bill Powers has been respectfully collected and faithfully reproduced by Dag Forssell, Publisher, Living Control Systems Publishing Inc., Hayward, California.




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