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March 1964

Experimental Treatment of Neurotic Computer Programs

Author Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Stanford University.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(3):220-227. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720210002002

An academic question is one which is supposed to be of little consequence. An academic lecture may or may not meet this requirement. While this is often an occasion to survey our field and to scold one another for our deficiencies and while I, too, have a number of things to exhort about in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I have chosen another alternative, as indicated by the title of this address. I would like to talk about something today which may be of little consequence but which is really too new to have its consequences decisively evaluated.

One purpose of scientific and professional meetings such as this is, to quote Scripture, "to hear or tell of some new thing." The computer simulation of psychotherapy is indeed new and I am honored to be granted the distinction of this opportunity to discuss it with you.

As a technical term, the word "simulation"

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