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Constructing Scientific Psychology
Karl Lashley's Mind-Brain Debates


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027779

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  • Constructing Scientific Psychology, published in 1999, was 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 behaviour 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.

    • A full-scale interpretation of the life and work of a major twentieth-century scientist
    • Integrates the history of psychology with the history of biology
    • Treats science as inseparable from its social/cultural context and questions the myth of pure science
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027779
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.365kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    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

  • Author

    Nadine M. Weidman, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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