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By Shelley Patnoe

A Narrative heritage of Experimental Social Psychology provides long and extensive interviews with the modern scientists that based and formed the sector of social psychology. the tale of social psychology is instructed during the autobiographical narratives of major figures, akin to Dorwin Cartwright, Harold Kelley, Kurt again, Robert Krauss, Stanley Schachter, and Leon Festinger. the writer strains the start of the sector from the close-knit crew of scholars round Kurt Lewin to the key examine teams chargeable for the clinical origins of the self-discipline. The interviews supply distinct insights into the beginnings of the fields and clients for destiny trends.

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Also, there was a graduate student named Ned Jones. Jack Brehm, who went on to study with Festinger and later was a colleague of Jones' at Duke, was their undergraduate assistant. Thibaut and Jones established a particularly close relationship - "like brothers," according to Thibaut. It was during this time, he reported, that, "I was just sort of discovering Heider. " He in tum interested Jones who became excited by the ideas . Thibaut left Harvard in the spring of 1953 and returned to The University of North Carolina where remained.

Although Likert was not as interested in theory as Lewin was, Cartwright described their similarities. They were both "chaotic," he recalled. They were both dominant people in the sense that what they thought and their ideas were persuasive. There was no doubt in either case who was running the show. But they were not domineering in an autocratic sense and they weren't status oriented . Neither one of them gave a darn about rank or hierarchy or position or any of those things. They were both just incredibly open to discussion .

If you look at 36 the way the field has developed, an awful lot of what we thought we were doing in that early period - this sort of interdisciplinary work has been carried on in specialized ways. But it has been carried on in all kinds of other disciplines. " Cartwright taught the course in Group Dynamics at Michigan. "By the last eight or ten years there, the bulk of my students would not be psychologists," he said. In addition to the interdisciplinary nature of the Research Center, there was also the attempted wedding of theory and practice.

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