Biographical Dictionary of Psychology

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology

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The first edition of this dictionary, published by Hemisphere Publishing Corporation in 1975, appeared under the title Names in the History of Psychology. Its purpose was to present short biographical statements on several hundred deceased psychologists and individuals from other fields who had made a contribution to the development of psychology from antiquity to the present.

The present edition serves the same purpose. Each biography explains the specific contributions of the subject to the development of psychology, that is, the reason for the individual's inclusion in this dictionary. In addition to standard biographical data, each biographical statement presents the main points of theoretical contributions; philosophies held; inventions and discoveries made; methodologies initiated; books and seminal articles written; research conducted; laboratories, journals, and institutions founded; and influence exercised. At the end of each statement references are given to the best, most extensive, and most readily available biographies and autobiographies that may be consulted for additional details. By bringing together in one place all of the names in the history of psychology within a wide range of significance and by gathering information from scattered sources for each biographee, this dictionary has been and continues to be the first sourcebook of its kind for the history of psychology.

The names of the individuals to be included in the first edition were selected as follows. A panel of nine prominent psychologists had rated the importance of 1,040 contributors to psychology who had lived between 1600 and 1967.

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