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James W. Reed
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)

Robert Yerkes and the Development of Mental Testing

To describe the evolution of American psychology and to provide students and teachers in the humanities with a background against which the current debate over the validity of intelligence tests can be understood, a case study in the relationship between scientific research and human values. Robert Yerkes (1876-1956) was a key figure in the development of American behavioral science in the first half of the 20th century. Because he combined the roles of empirical investigator, scientific promoter, and popular spokesman for his profession, Yerkes is an ideal subject around whom to structure a study of the relationship between behavioral science and the culture in which it developed.

Project fields:
U.S. History

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1975 – 8/31/1975