1st Edition

The Creation of Scientific Psychology



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ISBN 9781138658158
December 22, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With an emphasis on developments taking place in Germany during the nineteenth century, this book provides in-depth examinations of the key contributions made by the pioneers of scientific psychology. Their works brought measurement and mathematics into the study of the mind.

Through unique analysis of measurement theory by Whewell, mathematical developments by Gauss, and theories of mental processes developed by Herbart, Weber, Fechner, Helmholtz, Müller, Delboeuf and others, this volume maps the beliefs, discoveries, and interactions which constitute the very origins of psychophysics and its offspring Experimental Psychology. Murray expertly combines nuanced understanding of linguistic and historic factors to identify theoretical approaches to relating physical intensities and psychological magnitudes. With an eye to interactions and influences on future work in the field, the volume illustrates the important legacy that developments in the nineteenth century have for twentieth and twenty-first century psychologists.

This detailed and engaging account fills a deep gap in the history of psychology. The "Creation of Scientific Psychology" will appeal to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of history of psychology, psychophysics, scientific, and mathematical psychology.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: JOHANN FRIEDRICH HERBART (1776-1841) AND PSYCHOPHYSICS

CHAPTER 2: THE MEASURMENT AND VARIABILITY OF PHYSICAL INTENSITIES

CHAPTER 3: AN INTRODUCTION TO WEBER’S LAW

CHAPTER 4: AN INTRODUCTION TO FECHNER’S LAW

CHAPTER 5: PSYCHOPHYSICS AT GÖTTINGEN

CHAPTER 6: MEASURING PSYCHOLOGICAL MAGNITUDES: I. VARIABILITY MEASURES

CHAPTER 7: MEASURING PSYCHOLOGICAL MAGNITUDES: II. THE QUANTITY OBJECTION

CHAPTER 8: THE POWER LAW IN EARLY PSYCHOPHYSICS

CHAPTER 9: WILLIAM JAMES AND PSYCHOPHYSICS

 

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Biography

David J. Murray is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Queen’s University, Canada.

Stephen W. Link is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, McMaster University, Canada.