Matter for Thought: The Psychon in Neurology, Psychology and American Culture, 1927–1943

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Abstract

Scientific objects encourage us to imagine moments of discovery, collegial witnessing and citational webs. Yet, the process of creating narratives about scientific objects also enables and necessitates a certain kind of thinking: positing an origin that precludes previous instantiations (however different or varied); presuming that this origin has affects on future uses and developments of the term; ignoring the fragmentation, failures and accidents that surround and/or inform the creation of a concept; and pretending to provide an exhaustive history.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurology and Modernity
Subtitle of host publicationA Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800-1950
EditorsLaura Salisbury, Andrew Shail
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages267-286
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780230278004
ISBN (Print)9780230233133, 978-1-349-31324-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • experimental psychology
  • matter unit
  • social reform
  • disciplinary boundary
  • mental hygiene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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