The Brunswik Society

The Story

Sometime in the mid to late 1980's, Carol Nickerson obtained a copy of Woodworth's Experimental Psychology in Berkeley. This is her recollection:
Paul Chase was at one time a graduate student in the Psychology Department at UC-Berkeley. He was also a book lover and collector. When he decided to leave psychology for computing, he decided that he needed to find some of his books good homes elsewhere. I helped him sell them. My recollection is that I brokered a sale of Woodworth between Paul and Ken. I think Ken paid $10 ;-).

I don't know where Paul found the book. He may have found it at a second-hand store -- there are lots of these in Berkeley -- or he may have found it discarded in the Psychology Department at UC-Berkeley. I think that there was a small library or reading room in the Psychology Department that was remodeled or repainted and that some old books were discarded at that time, so that is another possibility.
Ken Hammond gave the book to the Brunswik Society, and, for several years, it was given to the winner of the New Investigator Award at each annual meeting. The winner was to have custody of the book for a year and then bring it to the next meeting to be given to the following year's winner. In 1996 it was given to Elke Kurz, who was at Bowling Green University at that time. Ryan Tweney, who is an expert in rare books, recognized the value of the book and was concerned that it might deteriorate further. He had a beautiful archival box made to protect the book and kindly donated it to the Society. The book is no longer circulated and is kept in the box to be exhibited at annual meetings. Soon it will find a permanent home in the Archives of the History of American Psychology at The University of Akron.

The Book

Woodworth's book, a text for thousands of psychology students, embodied the tradition of experimental psychology that Brunswik rejected. Brunswik taught from this book from its publication until his death. Donald T. Campbell was one of the TA's for the course in experimental psychology that was a premier requirement for all psychology majors at Berkeley (and, according to Ken Hammond, one that all the students hated). Brunswik underlined extensively and made comments in the margins on many pages.

Scans of the page of Brunswik's notes facing the inside of the front cover, the table of contents, the introduction, and a selection of other pages are provided here. Click on the small black and white images below to view a large color image of the page. The large images are easily read on the screen. They can be printed at 200 dpi to make a reasonable copy that will be the same size as the orginal page (about 6.25 x 9.2 inches).

Images of Selected Pages

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Inside front cover
Contents page vii
Contents page viii
Contents page ix
Contents page x
Contents page xi
Introduction, page 1
Introduction, page 2
Introduction, page 3
Introduction, page 4
Page 94
Page 113
Page 127
Page 130
Page 176
Page 206
Page 251
Page 392
Page 395
Page 400
Page 426
Page 427
Page 450
Page 451
Page 625
Page 653
Page 654
Page 666
Page 683
Page 784
Page 819
Note inserted in the book

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