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Faculty - Laurence D. Smith

Laurence D. Smith
Phone: (207) 581-2047

My research addresses epistemological issues in the history of psychology. Historians of science have recently turned away from the study of theories toward examination of the day-to-day practices by which scientists construct knowledge. My focus is on how psychologists, both today and in the past, have used “inscription devices” – graphs, tables, and diagrams – in reasoning about data, discovering novel phenomena, and communicating their findings. Historical comparisons of psychologists’ practices with those of other scientists have revealed striking differences in how scientists from different disciplines go about their work, and these differences suggest possibilities for improving psychological methods. In regard to the history of psychology, I have also published articles and books on the history of behaviorism and its philosophy of science.

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301 Little Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5782
Phone: (207) 581-2030 | Fax: (207) 581-6128E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469