Constructing Scientific Psychology: Karl Lashley's Mind-Brain Debates

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Psychology - 240 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The origins of a hereditarian
18
2 Lashley Watson and the meaning of behaviorism
32
3 The pursuit of a Neutral Science
48
4 Neuropsychology and hereditarianism
71
5 Psychobiology and Progressivism
86
The LashleyHerrick debate
105
7 Hull and psychology as a social science
119
9 Pure psychology
143
10 Public science and private life
160
11 Genetics race biology and depoliticization
176
Lashley and American neuropsychology
187
Archives holding Lashley material
193
Bibliography
195
Index
213
Copyright

The LashleyHull debate
128

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