Readings in Experimental Psychology

The Control System Himself
Richard S. Marken, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, human factors engineer and statistical consultant. 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, developmental, 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 had a 15-year career as an Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA where he developed methods for rapidly prototyping and evaluating designs for the human-computer interface component of satellite ground control systems. He then spent 5 years as a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA where he led research projects on health care quality issues and pilot training system design. Dr. Marken is currently working as an independent researcher, statistical consultant as well as teaching part-time. He is the author of several books including Methods in Experimental Psychology, (Brooks/Cole, 1981), Mind Readings: Experimental Studies of Purpose (CSG Press, 1992), Doing Research on Purpose: A Control Theory Approach to Experimental Psychology (New View, 2014), Controlling People: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human (Australian Academic Press, 2015) and over 50 papers on control system theory and psychology.

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