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Beyond Individual and Group Differences: Human Individuality, Scientific Psychology, and William Stern's Critical Personalism examines the history of psychology’s effort to come to terms with human individuality, from the time of Wundt to present day. With a primary emphasis on the contributions of German psychologist William Stern, this book generates a wider appreciation for Stern’s perspective on human individuality and for the proper place of personalitic thinking within scientific psychology. The author presents an alternative approach to the logical positivism that permeates traditional psychological thought and methodology making this an innovative, ground-breaking work. Beyond Individual and Group Differences is a dynamic book for academics and scholars in the areas of personality psychology, individual differences, and the history of psychology.
Chapter Five: The Emergence of a “Neo-Galtonian” Framework for Psychological Research: A Historical Sketch
The Emergence of a “Neo-Galtonian” Framework for Psychological Research: A Historical Sketch
The role that statistical thinking came to play throughout scientific psychology was of surpassing importance as an undercurrent of the historical developments traced thus far. Stern himself originally welcomed the introduction of statistical methods into the discipline, seeing in them a viable means of broadening psychology's investigative horizons as they appeared early in the 20th century. He also insisted throughout his career, however, that the value of statistical methods vis-à-vis the “problem of individuality” was limited, and he repeatedly warned against overreliance on those methods to the exclusion of other approaches. Of course, Allport was in full agreement with Stern on this ...