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Walter Miles and His 1920 Grand Tour of European Physiology and Psychology Laboratories

Edited by C. James Goodwin and Lizette Royer

Publication Year: 2010

Walter R. Miles (1885-1978) was an American experimental psychologist very much interested in laboratory apparatus and procedures and their applications to human behavior. Early in his career, Miles received an appointment as a research scientist at the Carnegie Nutrition Laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts. When Miles arrived at the Carnegie Nutrition Laboratory in 1914, work was well underway on the physiological effects of various nutrients on the human body. Miles began studies on the effects of alcohol on physiological and psychological functioning. The First World War severed many of the relationships that the Carnegie Laboratory had with research counterparts in Europe. After the war, efforts were made to reestablish these ties. From April through August of 1920, Miles visited 57 laboratories and institutes in 9 different countries throughout Europe. A fastidious observer and note taker, Miles documented his journey in exquisite detail. At every stop, he observed, recorded, and interacted with key figures in European physiology and psychology. He gathered all this information together into a highly-detailed report of more than 300 pages. The report, part of the Walter Miles Papers available at the Archives of the History of American Psychology at the University of Akron, was never formally published. Now available in print, this title provides unique information about the workings of major centers of physiological and psychological research in early 20th century Europe. The book is introduced by C. James Goodwin, a renowned Miles' scholar.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Cover

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pp. i-

Frontmatter

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pp. ii-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

It is a pleasure to introduce the inaugural volume in the Center for the History of Psychology Series. This series is the realization of a long-held goal to make the historical treasure located within the Archives of the History of American Psychology more accessible. The timing could not be better. In its forty-fifth year...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xx

In April 1920, the American experimental psychologist Walter R. Miles, then a young research scientist at the Carnegie Nutrition Laboratory in Boston, embarked on a remarkable four and a half month voyage to Europe. His goal was to visit laboratories of physiology and psychology in Great Britain and on the continent, reestablishing links that had been fractured during World War I. Between...

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Editorial Note

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pp. xxi-xxii

Walter Miles’s Report of a Visit to Foreign Laboratories: April to August, 1920 is part of the Walter R. and Catharine Cox Miles papers housed in the Archives of the History of American Psychology at The University of Akron. The manuscript is reproduced here as an archival facsimile. The original,,,

Walter Miles and His 1920 Grand Tour of European Physiology and Psychology Laboratories

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Great Britain

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pp. 7-126

France

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pp. 127-166

Belgium

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pp. 167-190

The Netherlands

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pp. 191-238

Denmark

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pp. 239-258

Sweden

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pp. 259-274

Germany and Austria

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pp. 275-296

General Remarks

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pp. 297-310

Transcriptions

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pp. 311-320

Outline

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pp. 321-336

Biographical Profiles

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pp. 337-354

Index

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pp. 355-360


E-ISBN-13: 9781937378066
E-ISBN-10: 1937378063
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968850
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968853

Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Center for the History of Psychology Series
Series Editor Byline: David B. Baker, Editor

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Subject Headings

  • Laboratories -- Europe.
  • Psychology -- History -- 20th century.
  • Psychology -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
  • Miles, Walter R. (Walter Richard), b. 1885 -- Travel -- Europe.
  • Human physiology -- History -- 20th century.
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