Psychological Issues: Selected Papers of Robert S. Woodworth .... with a Bibliography of His Writings

Psychological Issues: Selected Papers of Robert S. Woodworth .... with a Bibliography of His Writings

Psychological Issues: Selected Papers of Robert S. Woodworth .... with a Bibliography of His Writings

Psychological Issues: Selected Papers of Robert S. Woodworth .... with a Bibliography of His Writings

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On October 17, 1939, Professor Robert Sessions Woodworth achieved three score and ten. As a student in 1898-99 and as a teacher since 1903, he has been actively associated with the Department of Psychology of Columbia University. His colleagues in the department with which he has so long been identified wished to celebrate this milestone. They desired, however, to do this without distracting him unduly from the scholarly activities that characteristically preoccupy him. Without his knowledge or consent, and with the gracious encouragement of Columbia University, they have, through a small executive committee, prepared this commemorative volume.

It is a collection of some of Professor Woodworth's own most distinctive contributions. They have appeared in numerous places; they reflect the variety and much of the character of his work in the field of psychology, both in earlier and in more recent years. It is believed that the many hundreds of students who have known him in his lectures, seminars, and laboratory will appreciate the rescue, in a single volume, of these representative papers from their scattered sources.

No endeavor has been made to include all of Professor Woodworth's articles--the volume would not hold them. Nor have the separate books and monographs that have appeared under his authorship been drawn on. Nothing has been included from the many numbers of the Archives of Psychology to which, as editor, he has made significant unsigned contributions to American psychology. Nor have the papers been in any way revised; they appear here in their original form, and without abbreviation. A complete bibliography of his writings to date has been prepared and forms a part of the volume.

There is included Professor Woodworth's autobiography (first published in A History of Psychology in Autobiography, 1932) a document showing remarkable insight into the manifold ingredients of a mature personality. The frontispiece is a photograph of the portrait painted by Carle J. Blenner and presented to the University in 1936.

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