A Narrative History of Experimental Social Psychology: The by Shelley Patnoe

By Shelley Patnoe

A Narrative heritage of Experimental Social Psychology offers long and extensive interviews with the modern scientists that based and formed the sphere of social psychology. the tale of social psychology is advised in the course of the autobiographical narratives of major figures, akin to Dorwin Cartwright, Harold Kelley, Kurt again, Robert Krauss, Stanley Schachter, and Leon Festinger. the writer strains the start of the sector from the close-knit staff of scholars round Kurt Lewin to the most important study teams chargeable for the clinical origins of the self-discipline. The interviews provide distinct insights into the beginnings of the fields and customers for destiny trends.

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47 JOHN THIBAUT John Thibaut received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina in 1939. " He described his early interests as centering in social, moral and political philosophy, especially in Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and the British empiricists, which led to an interest in religious philosophy. "I also had left wing sentiments. In the thirties a lot of us did, and I thought I wanted to be a kind of worker priest. " But the war carne along and Thibaut, deaf in one ear, tried to volunteer and was rejected .

Those were the things he talked about and it was my job then to go back to our little offices there in a converted electronics laboratory and put something on paper and get it to Winnie, the secretary, who would give that draft to him. He would then rework it and give it back to me and I would - I really was helpless to do much with it - so I would just look at it and make little editorial observations . Another aspect of working with Lewin was that the students were immediately involved in research .

Let me give you an example . There was an article in a journal about judgment time by a man named Johnson. Johnson had tried to make some order out of the psychophysical research on accuracy of judgment as a function of how many categories one had to judge. It hadn't been conceptualized at all in terms of conflicting forces. Lewin asked me if I would read the paper and report it to the seminar. And so I did. " He would go to the blackboard and start drawing those pictures on the board and would have conflicting forces.

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