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William S. Dockens III PhD

Consulting Mathematical Psychologist

  1. Theme / Objectives
  2. Areas of Competence
  3. Professional Experience
  4. Education
  5. Languages
  6. Research Program
  7. Publications
  8. Significant Original Contributions
  9. Special Duties
  10. Miscellaneous
  11. Courses
  12. Listings


 
Theme / Objectives This resume is the result of the vision of a ten year old, who upon reading a color vision section in his mother's introductory university text, decided to become an experimental psychologist. The journey from the mean streets of Cleveland Ohio to a quiet suburb bordering Copenhagen was to literally circle the globe. It led him through some of the world's best universities and finest laboratories. He was fortunate enough to meet, befriend and be influenced by men and women who were milestones for leading scientists, scholars, performing artists and martial artists. The result is a global perspective that straddles three cultures and focuses at the interfaces of a broad spectrum of disciplines.
 
The period 1962-1972 was devoted primarily to the study of reflexes fundamental to learning and perception. Behavioral genetics and human games dominated the period 1972-1984. Cultural barriers, meta-mathematics and strategy were paramount 1984-1996. Information Technology and genetic codes were the focus 1996-2001. Finally, after living the first half of his life in the United States and the second half in Europe he met two editors from the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS), an American and an Englishman, who encouraged him to publish his conclusions. In five papers, written between 2002 and 2005, he used an integrated behavioral science to evaluate the future status of ethical philosophy against psycholinguist George Lakoff's formulation of the "Great Chain" metaphor and the "New Reality". The result was a General Systems theory integrating behavioral science, ethics and demography.
 
Areas of Competence Cultural Integration
Consultant to business management and government integration groups
 
General Systems
Member of Information Technology Special Integration Group in International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS)
 
Mathematical Psychology
Stockholm University Department of Scaling and Psychophysics
 
Psychopharmacology
University of Minnesota, program under Travis Thompson, University of Michigan under C.R. Schuster
 
Learning
Institute of Behavioral Research at University of Maryland
 
Cultural Anthropology
Post doctoral studies at Uppsala University
 
Martial Arts
Over thirty years of teaching experience. Trained by Dr. William C.C. Hu (Taijiquan), Da Liu (I Ching and Tai Chi Ch'üan), George Westerman, (Tai Chi Ch'üan), James Chang (Chin Na and Dim-Mac)
 
Professional Experience 1970-2001: Psychological Institute, Uppsala University
Associate Professor
  • Taught most of the courses on both graduate and undergraduate curriculum
  • Performed ecology of show dogs experiments
  • Developed theory of behavioral modification of drug addicts using Premack's principle and general systems as joint conceptual frameworks
  • Developed Induction/Catastrophe Theory, an integrated theory of cognition based on ecology of show dogs experiments and general systems conceptual framework. Catastrophe theory and chaos mathematics was used to perform hyper-spatial integration of behavioral analytical theories
  • Developed synchron behavioral science theory within the conceptual framework of general systems
  • Co-organizer and Co-chairman of the first International Symposium on Behavior Modification, In cooperation with Travis Thompson, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota and The Department of Psychology, University of Uppsala. Minneapolis Minnesota, 1972
1970-1971: Uppsala University, Uppsala
University Lektor (Associate professor)
  • Taught advanced clinical courses in behavioral modification
  • Performed general systems pilot studies on Criminal Ward in Vadstena.Result was game theory orientation goal
  • Developed modification of Premack's principle as an explanation for "extraneous variables" in psychophysics
1971-1972: Ulleråkers Mental Hospital, Uppsala
Clinical Psychologist
  • Applied Premack's principle to ward management of morphine and amphetamine addiction patients
  • Developed ecological approach to behavioral systems
  • Designed ecology of showdogs experiments that later integrated behavioral analysis, behavioral genetics, general systems andanthropological approaches
1965-1968: Honeywell Inc., St. Paul Minnesota
Associate Scientist (Research and Development Department)
  • Designed method of limits psychophysics procedure to compare human and monkey color vision
  • Began inquiry into the effects of a modification of Premack's Principle on behavioral analysis and measurement
  • Began work with mathematical models
1964-1965: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Minnesota
Research Fellow (Psychopharmacology Program)
  • Attended on a public health scholarship in psychopharmacology.
  • Began "choice" experiments in behavioral analysis and psychopharma-cology
  • Studied Sinn's effects of restraint on ulcers in rats. (Under Travis Thompson and Gordon Heistad)
1963-1964: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
Research Assistant (Psychopharmacology Department)
  • Used inter response time distributions to study biobehavioral effects of amphetamine. (Under C.R. Schuster)
1962-1963: University of Maryland, College Park Maryland
Laboratory Mechanic (Institute of Behavioral Research)
  • Collaborated on development of behavioral analytical liquid feeding device
  • Performed psychopharmacological experiments in morphine and amphetamine addiction in monkeys and rats. (Under Travis Thompson, C.R. Schuster and L. Gollub)
1958-1962: NIMH, Bethesda Maryland
Social Science Analyst (Professional Service)
  • Editor of Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health.(Under Dr. Leonard Duhl)

 
Education 1970-1974: Uppsala University, Uppsala
  • Post doctorate studies in Cultural Anthropology (1979-1984)
  • F.D. (Ph.D.) and Docent in Psychology 1974
  • Thesis: Toward a Behavioral Ecology: A Psychological Systems Approach to Social Problems.
1968-1970: Avd. Perception och Psykofysik, Stockholm
  • F.L. ( Ph.D.) Psychology (1970)
  • Thesis: An Operant Method of Limits Design Applied to Spectral Sensitivity (Under Gösta Ekman and R.A.M. Gregson )
1959-1962: Howard University, Washington DC
  • Medical School (Pre clinical courses)
1958-1959: Howard University, Washington DC
  • M.Sc. Experimental Psychology
  • Thesis: Relationships Between Age, Rigidity and Anxiety. (Under Max Meenes)
1954-1958: Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
  • B.Sc. (Advisor, Alvin J. Scodel)
  • Majored in psychology and pre-medical sciences
  • Active in campus politics and athletics
Languages Native Language: English
 
Second Language: Swedish
 
Third Language: Danish
 
Research Program The Asimov Scenarios (code named "prime radiant") began as a quasi humorous thought experiment, a joke to show that the imaginative bio and physical chemist, Isaac Asimov, should leave speculation about future behavioral science to professionals. It ceased being a joke when Asimov's approach was not only proven right, but his conclusion was, in 1972, two decades ahead of conventional behavioral research. When the invention of chaos mathematics, advances in genetics and information technology suggested a global picture resembling scenarios from Asimov's award wining Foundation Saga the secret competition became serious-but fun! By 1992 my conclusions were only one decade behind. His untimely death ended sadly the competition. The spin-offs, however, were many and still counting. A few are listed below.
  • Crowding emerges as a powerful determinant. Its subtle but powerful influence on behavior may be analogous to that of gravity for physical objects.
     
  • There are five fundamental methods of integration (Mindscapes), all used concurrently by the human brain. However, a very small fraction of the brain's integration power is available to the conscious mind. Mindscapes probably hold the key to unlocking the power of our subconscious.
     
  • Six dimensional catastrophe theory offers an elegant solution to the problem of differences between the cognition of individuals alone and individuals in groups.
     
  • Discovered differences between Western and Chinese patterns of reasoning may also explain both gender differences between Western Europeans and the great gap between the mathematical definitions of information code and the genome's genetic coding.
     
  • The genome's pattern (synchrons) of coding integrates perception, learning, cognition and genetics.
     
  • Psychohistory forges links between macro- theories of N. Rashevsky and Anatol Rapoport's game theory.
     
  • Western logic is excellent for analysis, but is deficient when it comes to synthesis. Chinese reasoning handles both processes well. Small, but significant modifications to both are necessary to produce a system capable of reflecting the patterns observed in the human genome and nervous system. Yet neither logic nor mathematics is capable of properly mirroring the reasoning of the subconscious processes that govern our essential biological functions.
Conclusion, there are strong indications that the genome may have profound effects on how we approach problems involving the transmission, development, uses and interpretation of information. Consequently, management of network structures will be forced to evolve away from metaphors borrowed from the predominantly hierarchical structures of past centuries.
 
Publications Dockens III, W.S. 1959. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 2 (1957).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1959. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 3 (1957).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1959. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 4 (1958).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1959. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 5 (1958).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1960. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 5 (1958).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1960. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 6 (1959).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1960. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 7 (1959).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1960. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 8 (1960).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1961. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 9 (1960).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1961. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 10 (1961).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1962. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 11 (1961).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1962. Conference of Social and Physical Environmental Variables as Determinants of Mental Health. In twelve volumes. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. Vol. 12 (1962).
 
Dockens III. W.S. 1968. Effects of Anthocyanidin on Scotopic Vision. Honeywell Systems and Research Report No. 8D-M-3.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1969. An Operant Method of Limits Design Applied to Spectral Sensitivity. Avd. För Perception och Psykofysik. Psykologiska institutionen. Stockholms Universitet. Licentiatavhandling ( translated, Ph.D. dissertation).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1972. Report From Vadstena: An Ecological Study of Changing Institutions. Report 122 Department of Psychology. University of Uppsala.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1973. Beyond Circles and Poor Scholarship. Nordisk tidskrift för beteendeterapi, Vol. 2. 1.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1973. Toward a Behavioral Ecology: A Psychological Systems Approach to Social Problems. Doctoral dissertation. Uppsala: Uppsala University.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1975. Operant conditioning: A general systems approach. In Thompson, T. & Dockens III, W.S. (Eds.), Applications of Behavioral Modification. pp. 425-441. New York: Academic Press.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1977. The behavioral ecology of competition dogs: An application of a behaviorally based, multidisciplinary methodology. Presented at International Congress of Behaviour Therapy (7th European congress of Behaviour Therapy) August 24-27, Uppsala Sweden. Abstract in Scand. J. Behav. Therapy, suppl. 6, p. 52(b).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1977. Bio-Social Ethics vs Ecological Pragmatism. Presented at International Congress of Behaviour Therapy (7th European congress of Behaviour Therapy) August 24-27, Uppsala Sweden. Abstract in Scand. J. Behav. Therapy, suppl. 6, p. 53(b).
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1978. Psychoecology: Ecological Systems Generated Theories of Psychoanalysis. Uppsala Psychological Reports. No 244. Department of Psychology. Uppsala University.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1979. Induction/Catastrophe Theory: A behavioral ecological approach to cognition in human individuals. Behavioral Science, 24, 94-111.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1984. A biobehavioral approach to treatment of amphetamine addition: A four-way integration. In Thompson, T. & Dews, P.B. Advances in Behavioral Pharmacology, 4, pp. 89-104. New York: Academic Press.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1984. Improving on Shakespeare: A Catastrophe Theory Approach to Operant Integration. Symposium on Analysis and Integration of Behavioral Units: Presentation at n International Conference in Honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth MacCorquodale. October 18-19, St. Paul Minnesota.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1985, COMIC WALTZ ON AN ICY KNOLL in Frost, J. American Poetry Anthology, Vol. IV, 3, pg. 69. Santa Cruz:The American Poetry Association,
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1986, Kultur, Politik och Logik? Tidskriften Mosaik. Riksf. Stockholm: Invandrarnas Kulturcentrum, pp.29-32.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1986, Kultur, Politik och Logik? Tidskriften Mosaik. Riksf. Stockholm: Invandrarnas Kulturcentrum, pp.29-32.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1991, Lämmelbabianer. Tidskriften Mosaik. Riksf. Stockholm: Invandrarnas Kulturcentrum, pp. 9-16.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1992. The Psycho-anthropology of Taoism: A Behavioral Ecological Thought Experiment. Two Volumes. Unpublished manuscript.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1995. Foreword to Hu, W.C., Chinese Lion Dance Explained. Ann Arbor/San Francisco: Ars Ceramica, Ltd.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1996 (a). Time's Feminine Arrow: A Behavioral Ecological Assault on Cultural and Epistemological Barriers. Behavioral Science, 41, 30-82.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1996 (b). The Demotion of Alpha-Homo sapiens: Consciousness, Punctuated Equilibrium, and The Laws Of The Game, Presented as an invited paper at Second Conference on the Foundations of Information Science, Vienna University. Published in World Futures, 50, 635-653.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1996 (c). The Breeding Game. Presented as an invited paper at XXVI International Congress of Psychology, Montréal Canada.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1996 (d). The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Dimensions. In Trofimova & Budanov, (Eds.) Synergetical Psychology.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1996 (e). At Lære hvordan man lærer: eller hvordan man undgår at forblive n Tai Chi begynder. Tai Chi Nyt. Nr. 22 Sommer.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 1999. The Demotion of Alpha-Homo sapiens: Consciousness, Punctuated Equilibrium, and The Laws Of The Game, Presented as an invited paper at Second Conference on the Foundations of Information Science, Vienna University. Published in Hofkirchner, W. (Ed.), The Quest for a Unified Theory of Information. Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 2004a. The Taiji Connection: A mathematical Psychology Foundation for Mindscapes and Information Systems. Extension and update of The Chinese Connection, a paper presented the 46th Annual Conference of International Society for the Systems Sciences, Shanghai China.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 2004b. The Shanghai Mirror: The Mathematical Psychology of Integration, Mindscapes and Synchronicity-2, a paper presented the 48th Annual Conference of International Society for the Systems Sciences, Asilomar USA.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 2004c. Hari's Hubble: The Mathematical Psychology of Integration, Mindscapes and Synchronicity-3, a paper presented the 48th Annual Conference of International Society for the Systems Sciences, Asilomar USA.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 2005 (a). Morphogenesis, Mindscapes and Metaphors. In process.
 
Dockens III, W.S. 2005 (b). The Genome + Morphogenesis = Lakoff's "New Reality". In process.
 
Dockens III, W.S. & Dureman, I. 1970. A Structural Approach to Behavioral Systems. Report No. 90, Psychological Laboratory, Uppsala.
 
Chang, J.1978. Kärlekens Tao: Den fornkinesiska läran om käSex: The Ancient Chinese Way to Ecstasy.) Introduction by William S. Dockens III. Stockholm: Bonniers.
 
Götestam, K.G., Melin, L., & Dockens III, W.S. , 1975.A Behavioral Program for Intravenous Amphetamine Addicts. In Thompson, T. & Dockens III, W.S. (Eds.), Applications of Behavioral Modification. New York: Academic Press.
 
Hu, W.C.C. 1995 Chinese Lion Dance Explained. (Forward by William S. Dockens III). Ann Arbor Michigan: Ars Ceramica, Ltd.
 
Schuster, C.R., Dockens, W.S. & Woods, J.H. 1966. Behavioral Variables Affecting the Development of Amphetamine Tolerance. Psychopharmacologia (Berl.) 9, 170-182. Reprinted in Thompson, T., Pickens, R. & Meish, R.A., Readings in Behavioral Pharmacology, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
 
Sjödén, P-O, Bates, S. & Dockens III, W.S. 1979 (Eds.) Trends in Behavior Therapy. New York: Academic Press.
 
Sperling, H.G., Sidley, N.A., Dockens III. W.S. & Jolliffe, C.L. 1968. Increment-Threshold Spectral Sensitivity of Rhesus Monkey as a Function of the Spectral Composition of the Background Field. Journal of the Optical Society of America., 58,2, 263-268.
 
Sperling, H.G., Jones, A.E. & Dockens III. W.S. 1968. Increment-Threshold Spectral Sensitivity of Rhesus Monkey as a Function of the Spectral Composition of the Background Field. Honeywell Systems and Research Report No. 1549-FRI.
 
Thompson, T. & Dockens III, W.S. 1975. (Eds.), Applications of Behavioral Modification. New York: Academic Press.
 
Thompson, T. Schuster, C.R., Dockens, W.S. & Lee, R. 1964. Mouth-operated Food and Water Manipulanda for use with Monkeys. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 7,7
 
Significant Original Contributions
  • Behavioral ecological approach to ward management of narcotics patients. (1973)
     
  • Catastrophe theory integration of perception, learning and cognition.(1979)
     
  • Integrated approach to amphetamine addiction. (1984)
     
  • Comparison between Western European, African and Chinese patterns ofthought.(1993)
     
  • General systems theory that integrates perception, learning, cognition andgenetics.(1996)
     
  • Synergetics approach to the problems posed by knowledge of the gnome(XXVI International Congress of Psychology 16-21 August Montréal 1996)
     
  • Relationships between synchronic patterns in evolution, human reasoning,morphogenesis and the genome's methods of integration.
     
Special Duties
  • Member of the U.S./Swedish Fulbright-Hayes Commission (1972-1976) For International Educational Exchange between the United States and Sweden.
     
  • Consultant to Swedish Immigration Bureau (1989- 2000)
     
  • Solutions to problems of cultural adjustment of immigrants, especially those involving education and violence.
     
  • International Advisory Board for Child & Family Behavior Therapy (1975 - 2001)
     
  • Consultant to and member of the board Immigrants Cultural Center, a Swedish State sponsored INVANDRARNAS KULTURCENTRUM (IKC) an organization to encourage cultural development among immigrants (1980-1996).
     
  • Consultant to Nynäshamms psykiatriska klinik, Klinikledningen Sydöstrasjukvårdsområdet. (Present)
     
  • Clinical psychological consultant to criminal ward St. Elisabeth's (Vadstena) Mental Hospital.
     
Miscellaneous In addition to courses included in degree programs, and the experience acquired through regular employment, there are other courses and other jobs that have had profound influence on my present perspective. Advances in biopsychology, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, behavioral analysis, micro genetics, cultural anthropology, ethology, Information Technology, mathematics and game theory; all contribute to a dynamic agenda.
  • Lektor in Sociology and General Systems at Stockholm's International Graduate School
  • Consultant in programmed learning for Basic Systems Inc. N.Y.
  • Attended formal seminars in Social Anthropology at the University of Uppsala
  • Private lessons in Chinese philosophy from William C. C.Hu, member of the Oriental staff at the University of Michigan
  • Two and a half years of night school creative writing courses with Professor Alfred at the University of Minnesota, (1965 - 1968)
  • Reporter for Black Belt Magazine 1965-1968
  • Translation of a number of documents from Swedish to English, including the article on Sweden in the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Private Consultant
  • Instructor in T'ai Chi Ch'üan
  • Professional classical and flamenco guitarist, concerts and clubs
  • Music Arrangement for Gilbert Berggren's film FRUKOST (Svenska Filminstitutet) 1969
  • Competition wei-ch'i (Japanese GO)
  • Freelance writing: articles novels, short stories and poetry
  • Desktop publishing
  • Competition show dogs and utility dogs
Courses
Courses Taught Beginning Advanced Graduate
Animal Behavior × × ×
Biopsychology × ×  
Clinical Psychology × × ×
Cognition × × ×
Comparative Psychology × ×  
Deviant Behavior     ×
General Systems     ×
History of Psychology × × ×
Learning × × ×
Methods × × ×
Perception × ×  
Philosophy of Science × × ×
Sociology     ×
Social Psychology × × ×
Statistics × ×  
Test Theory × × ×
Tai Chi × ×  
Mindscapes × ×  

Listings
Publication Date
Outstanding People of the 20th Century                 1998
Who's Who in the World 1997
International Who's Who of Intellectuals 1992
The First Five Hundred 1991
Men of Achievement 1988
American Poetry Anthology 1985

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