Books and Brains: Students visit historically significant texts related to psychology in Rare Books and Special Collections
The range of items shown included not only historically significant texts from Rare Books and Special Collections, but items from the Limited Access Collection at the Lewis Science Library as well. The materials spanned over 460 years of history and took visitors on a journey through the early modern anatomical texts of Andreas Vesalius and the father of neurology, Thomas Willis, to examples of physiognomy and phrenology from the Victorian era, to a unique mnemonic book from the Baroque period, a signed copy of President McCosh’s lectures on psychology, and a first edition of Darwin’s "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals." Guests were also given an opportunity to interact with a number of psychological tests of the mid-20th century such as Hermann Rorschach’s (in)famous inkblot test and Lipot Szondi’s “Szondi Test” which used images of patients in mental institutions to determine a subjects personality type.
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Written by Stephanie Ramírez, Library Communications Specialist and Staff Writer, and Meghan Testerman, Behavioral Sciences Librarian
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