|WikiProject Psychology||(Rated C-class, Mid-importance)|
|WikiProject Neuroscience||(Rated C-class, Mid-importance)|
New Page From Redirect
After editing biological psychology, I discovered that the behavioral neuroscience page redirected to biological psychology. I did not feel this was appropriate or desirable.
I did not feel it was appropriate because the two fields are, to my mind, distinct. They overlap almost completely in methodology, and they overlap considerably in terms of the scientists involved, but they are philosophically different and they emphasize different facts of nature. Biological psychology is directed at understanding behavior and thought; behavioral neuroscience is directed at understanding the organization of the nervous system.
I did not feel it was desirable because the Psychology article talks about its subfields, which should allow a link to a standalone article on that subfield. The neuroscience article also lists its subfields, with the appropriate links. To have a neuroscience article link to a psychology subfield, or vice versa, made navigation pretty disorganized.
I know it is also not desirable to have overlap, so there may be others who would consider merging in the future. I wanted to state my reasons for preferring a separation.
SJS1971 23:09, 20 January 2007 (UTC)
Interesting point. Nevertheless, I dispute the separation. The term IS synonymous with biological psychology, psychobiology, etc. This is supported by multiple standard textbooks such as biopsychology by Pinel, biological psychology by Rozensweig et al., and physiology of behavior by Carlson. Moreover, the American Psychological Association journal "Behavioral Neuroscience" is devoted to publishing articles that discuss "the broad field of the biological bases of behavior." Even behavioral neuroscience or biological psychology doctoral programs are used synonymously within Psychology departments (e.g., http://wings.buffalo.edu/psychology/doctoral/neuroscience.html and http://www.has.vcu.edu/psy/biopsy/index.html). Behavioral neuroscience is NOT directed to the understanding the organization of the nervous system. That is neurobiology. Thus, I am reverting it back to a redirect to prevent unnecessary confusion among naive readers. mezzaninelounge 22:46, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
- I am quite certain that most if not all of behavioral neuroscientists don't think of themselves as psychologists. There is undoubtedly some overlap. I don't dispute the fact that most Psychology Departments treat the two as synonymous, I surmise that most Neuroscience Departments wouldn't. --Crusio (talk) 17:02, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
- I won't revert this article back to a redirect. All I can say is that in North America at least, most, if not all Neuroscience programs/departments <http://www.andp.org/> are interdisciplinary, and therefore have substantial of neuroscientists who received doctorates from Departments of Psychology. Both terms as defined in many biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience textbooks and journals are treated synonymously. Perhaps, biopsychology should be a redirect to behavioral neuroscience? mezzaninelounge (talk) 02:23, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
- That's true. And it would be challenging to define the two coherently as being different. My point was mainly that Behav Neurosci is used much more frequently than Biological Psychology. I would have no problem with redirecting that article to this one (and merging the two, as the biopsy article is actually much more detailed than this one). I'm leaving in an hour for a trip abroad, so I won't have time to do this for the coming week, so feel free to go ahead, otherwise I'll take care of it when I get back. --Crusio (talk) 06:42, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
- Friends, there is no doubt biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience are the exact same thing - take it from a faculty member, this is true regardless of whether a neuroscience or psychology department were involved. Biopsychology is kind of an old fashioned term that is going out of style. As with all terms, some people don't like behavioral neuroscience, because it can sometimes exclude neuroethology, so you sometimes see variations like 'neuroscience and behavior' 'systems and behavioral neuroscience' etc. These distinctions however do not rise to the level of separate entries in an encyclopedia (e.g., is the RAV4 a truck?). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:44, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
I just reverted a change to the references that modified the reference to be to a more recent edition of the work originally referenced. Since the prior edition was the original basis for the article, it should remain the reference of record unless substantive changes to the article are made based on material in the new edition.
Wikipedia Editors Please Help
Somebody (whoever you are please stop immediately) keeps redirecting David Jay Brown's Wikipedia page to here. There is no logic in this redirect. I am also going into Wikipedia help files now to report this issue regarding this page.
This message is also posted on David's talk page.
I'm concerned about the capitalization of "Behavioral Neuroscience." I have seen it always where both are capitalized, so I believe this page should have both as well. It is a specific field. It also looks very unprofessional for it to not be.