Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashleys Mind-Brain Debates by Nadine M. WeidmanConstructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashleys Mind-Brain Debates by Nadine M. Weidman

Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashleys Mind-Brain Debates

byNadine M. Weidman

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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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. 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 behavior 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.
Title:Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashleys Mind-Brain DebatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521027772

ISBN - 13:9780521027779


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 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; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...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