By Shelley Patnoe
A Narrative background of Experimental Social Psychology offers long and extensive interviews with the modern scientists that based and formed the sector of social psychology. the tale of social psychology is informed during the autobiographical narratives of best figures, corresponding to Dorwin Cartwright, Harold Kelley, Kurt again, Robert Krauss, Stanley Schachter, and Leon Festinger. the writer strains the start of the sector from the close-knit team of scholars round Kurt Lewin to the key learn teams answerable for the medical origins of the self-discipline. The interviews supply specified insights into the beginnings of the fields and customers for destiny trends.
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Extra resources for A Narrative History of Experimental Social Psychology: The Lewin Tradition
And strangely enough, both sides of this conflict were endorsed by Lewin. " During the Weymouth housing study, there was a clash over methods in the field which illustrates the tension in the group. 37 Lippitt was supervising group workers who were orgamzmg community projects. They were attempting to raise the esteem people felt for their group by having these projects succeed. Festinger, was in charge of research on the project and was supervising the people who were to collect the research data.
Kurt had funds from The General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation to have one fellow a year. Doc Cartwright had been in that position but he had gone off to Washington to work with Ren Likert and Angus Campbell. So Kurt had this opening. By this time World War II was about to begin and Lewin was working on food habits, which didn't particularly intere st Zander, so he stayed only until the following fall. Lippitt had gone to work in the research service of the Boy Scouts of America and asked Zander to come to work with him.
There were tensions within the group at MIT which reflected the tension created when theory and practice are integrated. Lippitt represented the applied faction and Festinger, the scientific. "The tensions would come whenever we tried to have a project which was both action and research on the same project," Cartwright remembered. "This tension was a part of the MIT environment there was no doubt about it. And strangely enough, both sides of this conflict were endorsed by Lewin. " During the Weymouth housing study, there was a clash over methods in the field which illustrates the tension in the group.