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INVESTIGATING VISION AND THE REVERSION SPECTROSCOPE: EARLY ASTRONOMICAL COLOUR STUDIES IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

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<title> SUMMARY </title>Historians of science have frequently argued that the establishment of experimental psychology was marked by the investigation of visual practice in meridian astronomy. In this paper I will argue that the beginnings of experimental psychology were also marked by the investigation of colour and contrast phenomena in various disciplines and I will show how these studies were the result of spectroscopic practice. I will also show that this study of astronomical observation which marked the beginnings of experimental psychology already pointed at the limits of the latter's programme. Although astronomers had successfully employed visual techniques to obtain quick and reliable measurements, no convincing explanations could be found in the experimental psychology laboratory to explain their skills properly.

Affiliations: 1: Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation

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2016-09-30

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