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David B. Baker & Ludy T. Benjamin Jr.

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 5: Conducting Research on the History of Psychology

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Conducting Research on the History of Psychology
Conducting research on the history of psychology

Every day, psychologists make history. It can be in an act as small as sending an e-mail or as large as winning a Nobel Prize. What remains of these acts and the contexts in which they occur are the data of history. When transformed by historians of psychology to produce narrative, these data represent our best attempts to make meaning of our science and profession.

The meaning that is derived from the data of history is most often made available to students of psychology through a course in the history of psychology. For a variety of reasons, the history of psychology has maintained a strong presence in the psychology curriculum at both the ...

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