Edwin G. Boring

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Edwin Garrigues Boring (October 23, 1886-July 1, 1968) was an experimental psychologist who later became one of the first historians of psychology.

From 1924 to 1949 Boring was director of the psychological laboratory at Harvard University, where his goal became to free psychology from its status as a subsection of the Department of Philosophy. Boring was successful and established an independent Department of Psychology in 1934. His emphasized the use of the experimental method to investigate psychological questions rather than the tools of philosophy.[1]

He was president of the American Psychological Association in 1928.[2]


Boring, E. G. (1942). Sensation and perception in the history of experimental psychology. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

Boring, E. G. (1950). A history of experimental psychology (2nd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.


  1. "Today in Science History". Retrieved 2006-12-29.
  2. "APA Past Presidents". Retrieved 2006-12-29.

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