Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology - Vol. 3

Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology - Vol. 3

Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology - Vol. 3

Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology - Vol. 3

Synopsis

This book offers glimpses into the personal and scholarly lives of 20 giants in the history of psychology. As in the earlier volumes, prominent scholars were invited to prepare chapters on a pioneer who had made important contributions in their own area of expertise. Some of the psychologists described may be the teachers of the instructors who will be the users of this book, potentially providing a personal connection of the pioneers to the students. A special section provides brief portraits of the editors and authors, containing interesting information about the relationship between the pioneers and the psychologists who describe them. Utilizing an informal, personal, sometimes humorous, style of writing, the book will appeal to students and instructors interested in the history of psychology. Each of the five volumes in this series contains different profiles thereby bringing more than 100 of the pioneers in psychology more vividly to life.

Excerpt

C. Alan Boneau

Many of the chapters in the original volumes of Portraits of pioneers in Psychology were presentations at conventions, most of them organized by the Division of General Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In several of these presentations, the speaker played the role of a deceased pioneer in psychology and, in the language that that person used or might have used, discussed the pioneer's work and its relationship to modern developments. The following chapter on Ebbinghaus continues that tradition. The first and final sections are in the words of the chairperson at such a session [Eds.].

Ladies and Gentlemen: We are gathered here today to honor a major pioneer in psychology, Hermann Ebbinghaus. Professor Ebbinghaus's small but immensely significant monograph, On Memory, was first published in 1885. It was an immediate sensation, and Professor Ebbinghaus was lauded by the great names of his time, including William James and E. B. Titchener among many others. I do not now discuss the contents of the book because we have present today the spirit of Professor Ebbinghaus to present his work and comment on these contributions in the light of later developments. By way of introduction, however, I will provide a brief biographical sketch of Professor Ebbinghaus and then I will turn over the

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