Catalogue Number: 968
A history of experimental psychology
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: BORING, Edwin Garrigues
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1929
Edition: 1st Edition (Third printing)
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Appleton-Century Company Inc
Description Of Item: Original black cloth covers, embossed title and author, 699 pages including indices of names and subjects. End pages front and back is a map of the Universities of Central Europe with the political divisions as before World War 1 in 1914-1918. Frontispiece black and white photograph of a bas-relief of Wilhelm Wundt. Dedicated to Edward Titchener. 24 Chapters grouped in 6 sections: Introduction, Physiological Psychology, Preparation for Experimental Psychology within Philosophical Psychology, Experimental Psychology and a Survey of Experimental Psychology. Inscibed 'Gordon W Keating Stanford School of Medicine'
Historical Significance: This is a classic history of early psychology from ancient Greek philosophy and science and the emergence of modern psychology in the 19thC and early 20thC. It deals with philosophical pyschology of Aristotle, Descartes, Leibneitz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, John Stuart Mill and others, to the experimental psychology of Fechner, Helmholtz, Wundt and others. Edwin G. Boring (1886-1968) M.E. in Engineering 1908, A.M. in Psychology 1912, Ph.D. in Psychology 1914, was Professor of Experimental Psychology at Clark University from 1919 to 1922. He moved to Harvard University where he was Associate Professor of Psychology from 1922 to 1928; Professor of Psychology from 1928 to 1956; Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology and Lowell Television Lecturer from 1956 to 1957; Director of the Psychological Laboratory from 1924 to 1949. Dr. Boring was President of the American Psychological Association in 1928, Secretary of the IX International Congress of Psychology in 1929 and Honorary President of the XVII International Congress of Psychology in 1963. He received the American Psychological Foundation's Gold Medal in 1959 and holds an honorary A.M. from Harvard and honorary Sc.D's from University of Pennsylvania and Clark University. He was founder and editor of Contemporary Psychology and wrote and edited numerous books and articles. Among these is this History of Experimental Psychology, which was the leading textbook in the history of Psychology for many decades.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum (Abebooks $26 )
Date Acquired: Sept 2008
Condition: Good. Front cover broken from spine and has been repaired
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note