Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing

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This book explores the early history of one of the most controversial psychological innovations of this century: intelligence testing. It follows Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester, as he tried to introduce this French innovation into the basic institutions of American life--from hospitals to classrooms to courtrooms to Ellis Island to the United States Army. It also shows how this type of testing ultimately reshaped the very meaning of mental retardation, special education, clinical psychology, and the normal mind in ways felt ever after.
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"...[an] eminently fair-minded study...The resulting book is at once an illuminating biography that makes Goddard an understandable if not always laudable human being, and an instructive social history of a major episode in the development of American psychology." Contemporary Psychology

"...not only fascinating, but also essential for historians, psychologists, educators, and anyone interested in issues regarding the measurement of intelligence. All levels." Choice

"The high standard of combined scholarship and readibility in the Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology is certainly sustained in this work, the ninth in the series." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"...Leila Zenderland's judiciously rendered presentation of Goddard and his context is one that is well worth consideration by historians of science, for her detailed study challenges many common generalizations about this area of early twentieth-century scientific activity....her study demonstrates that the curious cultural foundations that have supported and intense interest in what constitutes the 'normal' American mind over the last several generations are worthy of greater attention." Katherine Pandora, Isis

"This is an exceptionally will researched and written book...The book is filled with novel and insightful ideas that bring us much closer to appreciating the many forces that shaped both this highly interesting man and how his attributes fit so well to help create the nascent field of clinical psychology as a mainstream profession...it is highly recommended for any psychologist of sociologist interested in an exceptionally well-researched and thought out historical study." Perceptual and Motor Skills

"Measuring Minds provides a detailed treatment of the life and work of Henry Herbert Goddard...The book is thoroughly documented and well written." The Jrnl of American History

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Motives, Meanings, and Contexts 1
1 Spirit and Science: Faith, Healing, and Mission 16
2 "A Little Child Shall Lead Them": Educational Evangelism and Child Study 44
3 "Psychological Work among the Feeble-Minded": The Medical Meaning of "Mental Deficiency" 71
4 Psychological Work in the Schools: The Statistical Meaning of "Subnormality" 105
5 Causes and Consequences: The Kallikak Family as Eugenic Parable 143
6 The Biology and Sociology of "Prevention": "Defectives, Dependents, and Delinquents" 186
7 Psychological Work and the State: Reformers, Professionals, and the Public 222
8 Psychological Work and the Nation: The Political Meaning of Intelligence 261
9 Leaving Vineland: Popularity, Notoriety, and a Place in History 301
Epilogue: Psychological Legacies, Historical Lessons, and Luck 348
Abbreviations Used in the Notes 365
Notes 366
Major Manuscript Collections Consulted 440
Publications by Henry Herbert Goddard 442
Index 449
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