LANDMARKS IN THE EVOLUTION OF EXPERIMENTAL
PSYCHOLOGY IN ROMANIA
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Department of Doctoral School
University of Oradea
The development of scientific psychology in Romania begins in the late nineteenth century under the auspices of the new methodological paradigm of experimentalism. After Eduard Gruber established the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1893 in Iasi, Romania becoming the tenth country in the world to have such a laboratory, the new current was strongly supported by the local scientific community. Constantin Rădulescu-Motru (1906) and later Florian Ştefănescu-Goangă (1921), disciples of Wundt, as Gruber in fact, succeeded to to implement experimental psychology as the main direction in Romanian psychology, which in the interwar period came to an unanimous international recognition. The landmarks of the evolution of experimental psychology in Romania, as presented in this article are meant to invite the community of psychologists to initiate a debate, from the historical point of view, on the Romanian experimental psychology, especially after the social and epistemic changes that followed during the totalitarian and postdecembrist period.
Keywords: experimental psychology, history of psychology, natural sciences, historism, ideology
This article can be cited as:
1. M. Anitei & J.F. Kiss (2013). Landmarks in the evolution of exprimental psychhology in Romania. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, vol. 3, no.4, pp. 3-12, 2013.
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