Psychology

GUIDE TO FIELDS OF CONCENTRATION

Prospective Psychology concentrators should realize that since the removal of analytic courses to the Social Relations department, psychology has become a field for the training of research workers. The place for a Psychology major after graduation is in graduate school, and the prospective psychoanalyst would do better in Social Relations.

In general, Freud is frowned upon, and the Psychology student is confronted by a procession of white rates rather than an explanation of the whys of human behavior. He may begin to experiment with the rats or pigeons himself during his junior year.

As part of its emphasis on research, the department encourages concentrators to take courses in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Labs are inescapable.

The labs in the field itself are generally accepted as very interesting. Lab courses are taught by William S. Verplanck, the best man in the department and perhaps the only one whose interest in undergraduate students leads him out of his way.

Ordinarily, the student will take Psychology 105, Introductory Laboratory in General Psychology immediately after taking 1, the elementary course. Verplanck teaches 105, which is therefore excellent. Edwin G. Boring gives 1, and he makes it uninteresting and dull. Edwin B. Newman and B. F. Skinner are fine men in the field but uninspiring teachers, while John G. Boebe-Center and George A. Miller are fairly interesting lecturers.