The study of human behavior, and other phenomena, would
be slow, inefficient, and of limited utility if it were
engaged in as a solitary pursuit. The discovery of
phenomena, the invention of tools, the formulation of
methods, and the explanation of relationships would be
less meaningful if these types of information were not
shared. A major benefit from sharing one's thoughts and
knowledge is the refinement and further development of
these aspects of the field.

Scientists and clinicians have engaged in various means
of communication within their field, with scholars in
other fields, with the general public, government
agencies, etc. This communication has been both formal
and informal. It has ranged from brainstorming and
feedback to collaboration to the disseminating of

In this issue, Dr Corriveau begins to explore the
history of communication in science, its purpose, and
its characteristics. In particular, he focuses on the
Internet as a recent and increasingly popular means of
communication among those who study human behavior.

In developing his thesis he seeks input from others who
are linked through the Internet. He invites readers to
submit narrations of their own experience in using this
medium. This approach itself illustrates one way in
which the Internet enables faster, inexpensive, and
informal communication across time and geographical
distance. I hope that many readers will respond by
completing Dr. Corriveau's survey.

Leon C Pereira, Ph.D.