Outline of a study of the self
Publisher Information: Cambridge: 1913.
Yerkes, Robert M. (1876-1956) & Daniel W. LaRue. Outline of a study of the self. 24, ff., plus ca. 50 blank sheets. Cambridge, MA: N.p., 1913. 270 x 205 mm. Original cloth loose-leaf ring binder, a bit worn and soiled. First and last leaves toned due to acidic endpapers, a few loose-leaf holes in need of reinforcement, but very good.
Privately Issued First Edition, published by the authors, preceding the 1914 edition published by the Harvard University Press. Scarce, with only 5 copies recorded in OCLC (U. Illinois, U. Michigan, Washington State U., U. Toronto Group, U. Toronto).
Yerkes, one of the leading American psychologists of the first part of the 20th century, was a pioneer in the study of human intelligence, devising the Yerkes-Bridges Point Scale and other intelligence tests to measure and quantify mental ability. His Outline, co-authored with fellow psychologist Daniel LaRue, was intended to serve as a guide to “the systematic and thorough study” of the self; its readers were invited to record within it the answers to a host of questions regarding heredity, childhood development, physical traits, temperament, family characteristics, habits, social interactions, etc. The Outline includes the third edition of the “Record of family traits” issued by the Carnegie Institute and the Eugenics Record Office—Yerkes was deeply involved in the eugenics movement, and his ideas strongly influenced the restrictive and racist immigration policies adopted by the U. S. government beginning in the 1910s.Book Id: 50551