What is history of psychology? Network analysis of Journal Citation Reports, 2009-2015Burman, J. T., Jan-2018, In : SAGE Open. 8, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
*Press release abstract*
What a scholarly discipline is—what defines it—is something that insiders know, but which can be very difficult to explain fully to outsiders. This is referred to as “tacit” knowledge: the stuff you learn by doing. And it’s a real problem that it can’t be explained, especially for students (and teachers who aren’t specialists). But if there were a way to represent _the doing_ in a new way, then time-consuming and expensive misunderstandings could be reduced. That’s ultimately what this essay does: it introduces new methods to visualize an entire discipline and enable outsiders to see at a distance what insiders have learned by doing. In this case, the discipline represented is the History of Psychology. (The _doing_ of history, not the _content_.) The methods then also highlight aspects of the discipline that even the specialists didn’t know; maybe couldn’t have known, given the breadth of the knowledge required.
*Plain language summary*
Historians of psychology have a reputation for caring about topics that aren't relevant to contemporary science. But when you consider the entirety of what the specialist community is doing, then it's clear that much of what historians study is indeed relevant to understanding how psychological science produces its impact: not only what the science itself is about, but also how it affects those it describes, where the money comes from that pays for it, how ideas and people become famous or influential, and how those factors combine to make it possible to conduct the experiments that advance our scientific understanding of ourselves. We show for the first time how all of those pieces fit together, and how they are used differently by different historians. In short, we show how history is done in psychology.
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - Jan-2018|
- SCIENCE, WORK, AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGY, FUTURE, IMPACT, HISTORIOGRAPHY, PHILOSOPHY, CENTRALITY, TEXTBOOKS, PAGERANK
- Jeremy Burman (Consultant)22-Mar-2018
Activity: Consultancy › Academic
Grant: "First who, then what: Network analytic methods for identifying new collaborations in psychology"
Prize › Academic
Grant: "MInd Control in french-speaking Europe (MICE): The Scientific and Cultural Reception of Behaviour Therapy in France, Switzerland and Belgium (1960-1990)"
Rémy Amouroux (Recipient), Wolf Feuerhahn (Recipient), Sonu Shamdasani (Recipient), Alexandra Rutherford (Recipient), Vincent Barras (Recipient) & Jeremy Burman (Recipient), 28-Mar-2018
Prize › Academic