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Freud s theories of the workings of the mind, while

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Freud’s theories of the workings of the mind, while brilliant for their day, were formulated before most of this century’s great advances in neurophysiology and biochemistry. Today, we have a far deeper understanding of the biological components of thought, emotion, and behavior than was dreamed of eighty years ago. It would be foolish to continue parroting Freud’s psychological theories as if these advances had never occurred.

It can be inferred from the passage above that the author would be most likely to favor
(A) the abandonment of most of Freud’s theories
(B) a greater reliance on biological rather than psychological explanations of behavior
(C) a critical reexamination of Freud’s place in the history of psychology
(D) a reexamination of Freud’s theories in the light of contemporary biology
(E) increased financial support for studies in neurophysiology and biochemistry

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A: author finds his theories outdated and not worth reconciling with advances in modern science.

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New post 18 Jun 2007, 19:11
I would choose D. In A, total abandonment seems out of scope and harsh for the GMAT.

D calls for a reexamination of the theories in light of contempory theories. This seems more in line with the scope of the author.

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New post 19 Jun 2007, 08:33
A seems to a bit extreme.
I will take B , which says more reliance on biological that psycholgical . Freuds is just an example to strengthen his point.

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Between A & D, I am more inclined to choose D since A is too extreme

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