"Hypothetical machines": the science fiction dreams of Cold War social science.

@article{Lemov2010HypotheticalMT,
  title={"Hypothetical machines": the science fiction dreams of Cold War social science.},
  author={Rebecca Lemov},
  journal={Isis; an international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences},
  year={2010},
  volume={101 2},
  pages={401-11}
}
  • Rebecca Lemov
  • Published 2010 in
    Isis; an international review devoted to the…
The introspectometer was a "hypothetical machine" Robert K. Merton introduced in the course of a 1956 how-to manual describing an actual research technique, the focused interview. This technique, in turn, formed the basis of wartime morale research and consumer behavior studies as well as perhaps the most ubiquitous social science tool, the focus group. This essay explores a new perspective on Cold War social science made possible by comparing two kinds of apparatuses: one real, the other… CONTINUE READING