By Shelley Patnoe
A Narrative heritage of Experimental Social Psychology offers long and in depth interviews with the modern scientists that based and formed the sector of social psychology. the tale of social psychology is informed in the course of the autobiographical narratives of top figures, comparable to Dorwin Cartwright, Harold Kelley, Kurt again, Robert Krauss, Stanley Schachter, and Leon Festinger. the writer lines the start of the sphere from the close-knit workforce of scholars round Kurt Lewin to the most important study teams liable for the clinical origins of the self-discipline. The interviews provide precise insights into the beginnings of the fields and customers for destiny trends.
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Thibaut , along with Ben Willerman, was assigned the task of studying the operation of a small clothing factory - The Columbia Coat Company in Boston. They were to study cohesiveness of small work groups and the effects of this on norms of productivity. A second assignment was to study effects of ethnicity on cohesiveness within the work groups. They reported to Lewin each week. Leon Festinger taught a two semester course in statistics. This was the second formal course in the graduate program.
Even now, I take a page of computations and try to keep them in my head and think about them when I am going to sleep and so on. " Thibaut suggested that, beyond the fact that the group was older and eager to return to academic work, Lewin attracted "people who were the kind of people who could respond. " He was just never satisfied, he did not regard anything he had ever done as a settled matter. It was all work in progress and so there wasn't any codified thing that you learned. You learned what had happened up until that point but that was not regarded sacredly.
Lewin often made movies of the work being done. "He was so visual," Cartwright remembered. In Germany he made movies of children to illustrate his force field ideas. One was a child trying to get a duck on the beach and the fear of the waves and the attraction of the duck. You see this vacillation back and forth. They were sensational movies. He showed them during the year he visited the United States in the early thirties. He would show this movie and that was all most of the people could understand.
A Narrative History of Experimental Social Psychology: The Lewin Tradition by Shelley Patnoe