Experimental Science & Psychology
AND THE SHAPING OF PSYCHOLOGY
This research explores the influence of the rise of experimental science in the nineteenth century on the shaping of the theoretical and conceptual bases of psychology. The effect of the relationship between experimental science and psychology on perceptions of the validity of psychology also is addressed.
The Rise of Experimental Science
The rise of experimental science in the nineteenth century initiated a shift away from a process whereby discoveries were fitted into existing views of nature and toward a development of new concepts and theories (Wolpert, 1992, pp. ix-xiv). Mendel’s work in the 1860s on inheritance factors led to the development of the science…