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dc.contributor.advisorHarrington, Anne
dc.contributor.advisorGalison, Peter
dc.contributor.authorBlatter, Jeremy Todd
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T18:35:13Z
dash.embargo.terms2016-06-04en_US
dash.embargo.terms2016-06-04
dc.date.issued2014-06-06
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationBlatter, Jeremy Todd. 2014. The Psychotechnics of Everyday Life: Hugo Münsterberg and the Politics of Applied Psychology, 1887-1917. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11636en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12274284
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the relationship between experimental psychology and everyday life through the prism of Hugo Münsterberg and the Harvard Psychological Laboratory during the Progressive Era. Catalyzed by calls from the burgeoning educational community in the 1890s, academic psychologists were increasingly drawn into diverse cultural and political debates bearing on diverse facets of social reform and modernization. Educators, for example, courted psychologists to improve pedagogical techniques. Advertisers sought insight into the consumer mind. Electric utility companies even hired psychological consultants in studying street lighting conditions. At the same time, there was also pushback to such psychological interventions. Many lawyers, for example, opposed psychologists' incursions into the courtroom. Labor advocates protested psychotechnics as the handmaiden of industry. And vocational counselors favored common sense guidance to impersonal psychological tests. By tracing these debates over the place of psychological expertise in an array of contested sites, this dissertation argues that Münsterberg's psychotechnical movement represented a radical new view of the psychologist as an expert in modernization responsible for identifying, measuring and controlling the "human factor" mediating all human activity.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Scienceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectHistory of scienceen_US
dc.subjectAmerican historyen_US
dc.subjectFilm studiesen_US
dc.subjectapplied psychologyen_US
dc.subjecteveryday lifeen_US
dc.subjecthistory of psychologyen_US
dc.subjectMünsterbergen_US
dc.subjectProgressive Eraen_US
dc.subjectPsychotechnicsen_US
dc.titleThe Psychotechnics of Everyday Life: Hugo Münsterberg and the Politics of Applied Psychology, 1887-1917en_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorBlatter, Jeremy Todd
dc.date.available2016-06-04T07:30:57Z
thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKloppenberg, Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVoskuhl, Adelheiden_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedBlatter, Jeremy Todd


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