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The Life Cycle of Psychological Ideas : Understanding Prominence and the Dynamics of Intellectual Change - Thomas C. Dalton

The Life Cycle of Psychological Ideas

Understanding Prominence and the Dynamics of Intellectual Change

By: Thomas C. Dalton (Editor), Rand B. Evans (Editor)

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Published: 31st December 2003
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This book focuses on what other volumes have only touched on, that is the factors that contribute to the rise of certain persons and ideas in the field of psychology. Bringing together noted experts in the field, it describes the process of intellectual reconstructions that determines how we view historical events, and why some ideas die only to be reborn again, as well as why new ideas can quickly topple traditional views.

Introductionp. 1
Putting Prominence in Historical and Analytical Contextp. 1
Focus of this Bookp. 3
Overview of the Chaptersp. 5
Referencesp. 14
Reconstructing Psychology's Founding and Growth
New Growth from Phantom Limbs: Tenuous Attributions to Our Predecessorsp. 17
Introductionp. 17
Origin Mythsp. 18
Have We Need of Founders?p. 19
How We Identify Foundersp. 22
Is William James the Founder of American Psychology?p. 24
Personalism and the Rivalry over American Psychology's Foundingp. 26
Some Lessons About Founders and Historiographyp. 30
Referencesp. 31
Lost Classics and Forgotten Contributors: James Mark Baldwin as a Case Study in the Disappearance and Rediscovery of Ideasp. 33
Survival, Disappearance, Rediscovery: The Life Cycle of Ideasp. 36
James Mark Baldwin: The Case of a Missing Major Contributorp. 46
Referencesp. 54
Author's Notep. 58
Reinventing the Past Through Reinterpretation: Reflections on the History of Psychology--35 Years in the Trenchesp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Carson's Panopticonp. 66
Herman's The Romance of American Psychologyp. 68
The Foucaultian or Foucaultista Subtextp. 70
Contrasting Interpretations of the Boulder Conference, 1949p. 73
Stephen Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Manp. 76
Concluding Thoughtsp. 78
Referencesp. 81
High-Impact Research Programs in Psychology: Quantitative and Qualitative Aspectsp. 83
Nomothetic Findingsp. 85
Conclusionp. 97
Referencesp. 100
Tracking Trends in Psychological Science: An Empirical Analysis of the History of Psychologyp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Conceptualizing Prominence and Scientific Progressp. 107
Discussion of Findingsp. 120
What Lies Down the Road for Psychological Science?p. 127
Referencesp. 128
Comparative Psychology
Becoming Big Frogs in a Small Pond: On Gaining Eminence in Comparative Psychologyp. 133
Qualityp. 134
Case Studiesp. 134
Some Additional Cases, Characteristics, and Extensionsp. 144
Later Developmentsp. 150
Conclusionp. 152
Referencesp. 152
The Psychology of Homo Sapiens: Changing Comparative Perspectivesp. 155
The Cartesian Beginningsp. 156
The Behavioral Revolutionp. 157
The Cognitive Revolutionp. 158
Beyond the Cognitive Revolutionp. 163
Conclusionp. 167
Referencesp. 169
Cognitive Science and Consciousness
How Otto Selz Became a Forerunner of the Cognitive Revolutionp. 175
Otto Selz, A Brief Biographyp. 176
Selz's Psychology of Thinking and its Reception Among his Contemporariesp. 179
Paradigm Lost: The "Mannheim School"p. 183
Paradigm in Disguise: Popper's Conjectures and Refutationsp. 186
Paradigm Regained: From Mannheim to Carnegie Mellonp. 189
The Vicissitudes of Famep. 192
Referencesp. 196
Consciousness Regained: The Scientific Restoration of Mind and Brainp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Competing Conceptions of Mindp. 204
The Rejection of Conscious Experience: Behaviorism and Positivismp. 205
John Dewey's Alternative to Behaviorism: Interacting Mindsp. 207
The Macy Conferences, 1942-1954p. 209
Herbert Jasper and the Laurentian Conferences on Brain and Consciousness, 1954-1997p. 213
Francis Schmitt and the Neurosciences Research Program, 1962-1982p. 219
Gerald Edelman and the Neurosciences Institute, 1982-p. 221
The Revolution in Neuroimagingp. 224
Expanding the Boundaries of Mind: From Science to Culture in the 1990s?p. 226
Defining a Scientific Agenda: The ASSC 1997-p. 228
Toward a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Science of Mind and Consciousnessp. 230
Conclusion: Understanding the Scientific Revival of Consciousnessp. 234
Referencesp. 241
Pragmatism, Individual and Social Development
Myrtle McGraw, The Maturation Debate and Aftermathp. 251
Introductionp. 251
Putting McGraw's Research in Contextp. 252
Forshadowing the Mind in Developmentp. 256
Dewey's Stake in McGraw's Researchp. 259
Gesell and the Maturation Controversyp. 263
Contesting McGraw's Researchp. 266
Briarcliff and Beyond, 1950-1970p. 270
Professional Blunders and Reengagementp. 272
Conclusionp. 274
Referencesp. 276
The Contemporary Reconstruction of Developmental Psychologyp. 281
Introductionp. 281
Social Conceptions of Human Development in the 19th Centuryp. 283
Transitions of the 1920s and 1930sp. 285
The Tests and Measurements Programp. 290
Developing Idiographic and Discourse-Analytic Proceduresp. 290
Efforts to Map out the Ecology of Human Developmentp. 291
The Invention of Interesting and Provocative Research Proceduresp. 292
Coevolutionary Theories of Human Evolutionp. 292
The Reemergence of Human Social Development in the 1960sp. 293
Advancing the Reconstructionp. 294
Referencesp. 295
Career Pathways and Professional Impact
Breaking the Silence: Helen Bradford Thompson Woolleyp. 301
Beginnings and Early Careerp. 302
Vocational Guidance Psychologistp. 307
The Merrill-Palmer Schoolp. 311
Teachers Collegep. 313
Conclusionp. 320
Referencesp. 322
The Dynamics of Scientific and Cultural Change
Prominence, Schools of Thought and Social Transformationp. 331
Factors Influencing Prominencep. 331
Referencesp. 348
Author Indexp. 351
Subject Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780306479984
ISBN-10: 0306479982
Series: Path in Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.57