Psychical research and the origins of American psychology

@inproceedings{Sommer2012PsychicalRA,
  title={Psychical research and the origins of American psychology},
  author={Andreas Sommer},
  booktitle={History of the human sciences},
  year={2012}
}
Largely unacknowledged by historians of the human sciences, late-19th-century psychical researchers were actively involved in the making of fledgling academic psychology. Moreover, with few exceptions historians have failed to discuss the wider implications of the fact that the founder of academic psychology in America, William James, considered himself a psychical researcher and sought to integrate the scientific study of mediumship, telepathy and other controversial topics into the nascent… CONTINUE READING

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