In Pursuit of Precision: The Calibration of Minds and Machines in Late Nineteenth-century Psychology

  title={In Pursuit of Precision: The Calibration of Minds and Machines in Late Nineteenth-century Psychology},
  author={R. J. Benschop and Douwe Draaisma},
  journal={Annals of Science},
  pages={1 - 25}
A prominent feature of late nineteenth-century psychology was its intense preoccupation with precision. Precision was at once an ideal and an argument: the quest for precision helped psychology to establish its status as a mature science, sharing a characteristic concern with the natural sciences. We will analyse how psychologists set out to produce precision in 'mental chronometry', the measurement of the duration of psychological processes. In his Leipzig laboratory, Wundt inaugurated an… 

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