Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashley's Mind-Brain Debates

Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashley's Mind-Brain Debates

by Nadine M. Weidman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521027772

ISBN-13: 9780521027779

Pub. Date: 11/02/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Constructing Scientific Psychology is the first full-scale interpretation of the life and work of the major American neuropsychologist Karl Lashley. It sets Lashley's research at the heart of two controversies that polarized the American life and human sciences in the first half of the twentieth century. These concerned the relationship between "mind" and "brain" and

Overview

Constructing Scientific Psychology is the first full-scale interpretation of the life and work of the major American neuropsychologist Karl Lashley. It sets Lashley's research at the heart of two controversies that polarized the American life and human sciences in the first half of the twentieth century. These concerned the relationship between "mind" and "brain" and the relative roles of "nature" and "nurture" in shaping behavior and intelligence. The book explodes the myth of Lashley's neuropsychology as a fact-driven, "pure" science by arguing that a belief in the power of heredity and a nativist and deeply conservative racial ideology informed every aspect of his theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027779
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Lashley and Jennings: the origins of a hereditarian; 2. Lashley, Watson, and the meaning of behaviorism; 3. The pursuit of a neutral science; 4. Neuropsychology and hereditarianism; 5. Psychobiology and progressivism; 6. Psychobiology and its discontents: the Lashley–Herrick debate; 7. Hull and psychology as a social science; 8. Intelligence testing and thinking machines: the Lahley–Hull debate; 9. Pure psychology; 10. Public science and private life; 11. Genetics, race biology, and depoliticization; Epilogue: Lashley and American neuropsychology; Appendix: archives holding Lashley material; Bibliography; Index.

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