Reflecting on Psychology is the master programme of the expertise group Theory and History of Psychology. We study the relations between Psychology (and related disciplines), the subjects they study, and the society and culture that they are part of. We draw our inspiration from History and Philosophy of Science and from Science and Technology Studies.
Theory and History of Psychology, expertise group of the Heymans Institute for Psychological Research
Douwe Draaisma's main interests are history of psychology, neurology and psychiatry, history of time measurement in psychology, the purported relation between autism and delinquency, and autobiographical memory. His latest project deals with revision of memories and its consequences for forensic-psychiatric investigations. Also see his webpage: http://douwedraaisma.nl/en/books
Maarten Derksen has written about the relation between psychology and common sense, about the history of clinical psychology, and about evolutionary psychology. In general he is interested in differences and boundaries in and around psychology. His current research concerns the history of the engineering ideal in psychology and social science: the dream of effective and efficient control over human behaviour.
Jeremy Trevelyan Burman's main interest is in the popularization of Piaget, and thus how ideas about development have been understood (and also what has been missed). But he is interested more generally in the movement of scientific meaning: over time, across disciplines, between languages, and internationally. Burman’s most popular piece, in this connection, is a historical critique of the popularization of “memes” that was published by Perspectives on Science in 2012. More recently, he has also been pushing for the advancement of methods drawn from the Digital Humanities as a way to formalize discussions of meaning change in the History of Psychology.
studies conceptual and theoretical issues arising from
psychological research, mainly from the perspective of philosophy
of science. He has worked on topics such as reductionism, levels of
explanation, consciousness, mechanistic explanation and the nature
of mental disorders. His current research is focused on the limits
and possibilities of finding causal explanations in