History of experimental psychology


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Abstract

Reviews the book, History of experimental psychology by E. G. Boring (1950). From the time of its appearance in 1929, Boring's “History of Experimental Psychology” has been the most scholarly and comprehensive work in this field. It has served for twenty years as a standard textbook and reference book. The new edition sacrifices none of the value of its predecessor, and adds supplementary sections. The reviewer confidently predicts that the revision will receive the same respect, acceptance and utilization as its forerunner. The reviewer's overall impression is that there have been no radical changes in Boring's evaluations nor in his method of treatment. The keynote of the revision is supplementation rather than reorganization and reorientation. The new edition is somewhat longer than the earlier textbook. The present book contains 745 pages. The newer portions of the book place somewhat less emphasis upon outstanding men, but the emphasis is still strong. In the added chapters on Gestalt psychology, behaviorism and dynamic psychology, considerable space is devoted to the personal histories and to the views and achievements of the leaders of these schools of thought. In the realm with which the book deals, no one is likely to execute the task more successfully. For many years, whoever wishes information concerning the early leaders of psychology will turn to this volume. Boring has written a history of psychology which will remain a classic until psychology itself has greatly changed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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