Twentieth Century Psychology: Recent Developments in Psychology

By Philip Lawrence Harriman | Go to book overview

OCULAR PHOTOGRAPHY: A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

HERMAN FRANCIS BRANDT Drake University

Scanning the history of science in its manifold aspects we are impressed with the emphasis on its respective phases in different periods of its development. We have had the Era of Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. If the history of science is reviewed five hundred years from today, it is likely the Twentieth Century will stand out as the Psychological Era. Not that these established sciences are passing, but rather that they are finding fulfillment in this new field known as the Science of Human Behavior. Psychology, because it employs the same scientific methods that constitute the basis of other sciences, is considered today on a par with other fields of investigation.

The physicist, for example, analyses to the minutest detail the composition and organization of matter in all of its diverse forms and relations in his quest for the cause of physical behavior, and returns with the exclamation, "I cannot find energy." This discovery is not an admission of defeat in scientific research, but rather a confession that reality lies in the realm of the intangible.

The biologist in search of the basis of the physiological behavior of man and animals disects the tissues of the organism to discover their structure and function and their relation to the whole. He, too, returns with the same refrain, "I cannot find life."

The psychologist, no less, after a careful examination of the structure and function of the nervous system and the evaluation

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