Autobiographies in Experimental Psychology

Autobiographies in Experimental Psychology

Autobiographies in Experimental Psychology

Autobiographies in Experimental Psychology

Excerpt

Individuals generally are invited to participate in symposia in order to remind the audience (and readers should the proceedings be published) of their past accomplishments and to apprise them of their current research endeavors. The addresses, then, involve the presentation of data, old and new, and their placement within a theoretical framework. We have sponsored a number of such events concerned with various specialty areas within psychology.

When time drew near to organize our latest symposium it was decided to alter its goal and, thus, its format. Instead of bringing together individuals for the purpose of sharing data-related information, we decided to ask our participants to share their lives and thoughts about the future of the discipline; to share insights which come only from looking upon long, productive, and innovative careers. What we had in mind is best expressed by the following excerpt from the letter of invitation:

The Rutgers University Department of Psychology is initiating a symposium series commencing in the Spring of 1983. Each focusing upon a particular research area, the symposia will consist of addresses by investigations who have made significant and enduring contributions to the study of behavior. The initial symposium will focus upon animal and human research in the area of physiological-experimental psychology. You are asked to address two general issues. One, autobiographical in nature, concerns the factors which led to your interest in the study of behavior, and in particular, to the research directions you followed. The second issue concerns the future of psychology, that is, your thoughts concerning fruitful avenues of present and future research; in other words, what you think research psychologists will be doing -- or ought to be doing -- a decade from now.

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