Producing & Interpreting Networks of Journal Articles in Psychology, 1887-1902

18 November 2021

Hands on History with Christopher Green
Hands on History session with Prof. Dr. Christopher Green, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

My team has been collecting full runs of psychology journals from around the turn of the 20th century and, using statistical methods, converting them into networks not of people, as is the typical practice, but of the articles themselves. This leaves us with the question of how to interpret clusters of articles that are associated with each other by the vocabularies they contain. In this talk, I will ask you to participate in our interpretive process and help to name the clusters yourselves (then we can see how your labels line up with the ones that we came up with). The journal we will be using is the American Journal of Psychology, from its founding by Granville Stanley Hall in 1887 up to 1902.


Christopher Green works in the Historical, Theoretical, & Critical Studies of Psychology Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has PhDs in Cognitive Science and in the Philosophy of Science. For the past decade his lab has been conducting digital research on the history of psychology. His most recent book is Psychology and Its Cities: A New History of Early American Psychology (Routledge, 2019). 


Wednesday, 18 November 2021

14.00 - 15.00

C²DH Open Space and Webex


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