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Cardno, JA (1962) The old psychology. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 96. pp. 33-38. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The spate of"new" psychologies with which
we were familiar in the nineteen-twenties (to say
nothing of the nineteen-tens and the eighteen-nineties)
has died down, and psychologists now
talk in terms of points of view and preferred concepts
rather than party allegiances. Nevertheless,
one impression persists which needs to be enquired
into. Among those interested in ,the subject, but
not themselves psychologists, it takes this form:
psychology is in continuous, large scale flux, and
is therefore a new-fangled, insecure, aggressive,
and rather" gimmicky" field of endeavour. Among
psychologists themselves, the assumption is more
specific and sophisticated: it is, that psychology
became respectable with the rise of experimentalism
(with the foundation by Wilhelm Wundt of the
laboratory at Leipzig in 1879, if 'an exact date is
wanted), and that previous work can be relegated
to a species of antiquarian rag-bag, or rubbish-heap
of superstition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 33-38
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 02:19
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