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

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Constructing Scientific Psychology is the first full-scale interpretation of the life and work of the major American neuropsychologist Karl Lashley that sets Lashley's creation of a laboratory-centered, decisively materialistic science of brain and behavior in its scientific and social contexts. The book places Lashley's neuropsychology at the heart of two controversies that polarized the sciences of mind and brain in the U.S. in the first half of the twentieth century.
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"In this fascinating book, Nadine M. Weidman throws new light on the cross-currents and controversies that characterized the teething decades of scientific psychology. Weidman's courtesy and balanced perspective never falters. The book's ideal mix of measured distance and intimate insight makes it a trustworthy and valuable analysis. The book is an excellent introduction to a formative time whose afterglow and ideational fallout can still be felt. Weidman herself alludes to this, noting that Lashley's legacy is a mixed one." Zoltan L. Torey, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"...this book covers some interesting features of Lashley's life which are unlikely to be found in the textbooks. It is features like these which make this such an illuminating book. Nadine Weidman has produced a thoroughly enjoyalbe account of Lashley's life and research career. I wyould highly recommend it to psychology and biology students, and to anyone interested in understanding the history of the mind-brain debate." Chemistry & Industry

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Lashley and Jennings: The origins of a hereditarian 17
2 Lashley, Watson, and the meaning of behaviorism 32
3 The pursuit of a neutral science 48
4 Neuropsychology and hereditarianism 71
5 Psychobiology and Progressivism 84
6 Psychobiology and its discontents: The Lashley-Herrick debate 105
7 Hull and psychology as a social science 119
8 Intelligence testing and thinking machines: The Lashley-Hull debate 128
9 Pure psychology 143
10 Public science and private life 160
11 Genetics, race biology, and depoliticization 176
Epilogue: Lashley and American neuropsychology 187
App Archives holding Lashley material 193
Bibliography 195
Index 213
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