Docent Robert Johansson
Docent Robert Johansson

Seminariet äger rum onsdag den 11 mars 2020, kl. 14-15 i konferensrum 357, Frescati Hagväg 14, plan 3.



Psychology could be argued to be the most important science for the next century, as we as a species face massive problems such as climate change, large scale conflicts, inequality, and mental illness. All these problems are related to human behavior, and hence should be solved by psychological science in collaboration with other sciences. However, time is running out and it seems likely that psychology as a science needs to develop faster for us to be able to solve these challenges in time.

Scientific progress in any discipline is dependent on a clear definition of the subject matter, or "unit of analysis" of that science. For fruitful interdisciplinary progress to take place, a unit of analysis also likely needs to be compatible with other sciences. In the talk, I will describe potential advantages and disadvantages of various candidates of units of analysis for psychology.

Contextual behavioral science is a broad research field emerging from behavioral psychology. Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a contextual behavioral account of language and cognition. In the talk, I will argue why I think recent RFT research provides a very interesting candidate for a unit of analysis in psychology, that potentially could enable scientific progress in many domains related to some of the world's largest problems.

Recently there have been substantial theoretical progress in artificial intelligence research, regarding the subfield of AI research that aims to build machines with human-level capabilities. This field is commonly referred to as Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and studies models of AI that could perform at human-level on various tasks across different domains. As with psychology, fruitful scientific progress in AGI is likely dependent on a definition of the field's unit of analysis.

In the talk, I will argue for a shared unit of analysis of psychology and artificial general intelligence. Using this analysis, I will argue for an interdisciplinary research path where AI potentially could accelerate progress in psychological science.

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