The Laboratory of Experimental Psychology: Establishing a psychological community at a Brazilian university

  • Sérgio Dias Cirino Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil
  • Rodrigo Lopes Miranda Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil
  • Eustáquio José de Souza Júnior Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil

Abstract

This paper aims to introduce the laboratory of experimental psychology as a truth-spot, as well as to investigate the social networks formed at the laboratory, in the initial implementation of the psychology degree at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). In considering the principles that a laboratory can be designed as a generator of facts/truths and, at the same time, as a support structure for the formation of academic communities, we carried out interviews with five professors from UFMG. These interviews revealed the social supports provided by the laboratory for the psychology degree at UFMG. The interviews were interpreted by means of historical information relating to both the establishment of the psychology degree and to the discussions on the higher education in the national context at that time. We found that the establishment of the laboratory of experimental psychology played a central role in the formation of the university’s psychology department, in the establishment of a degree in that discipline, and in raising the status of psychology as a profession.

Author Biographies

Sérgio Dias Cirino, Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil
Professor in the Graduate Program in Education in the School of Education and in the Program in Neurosciences, both of them at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Editor of the journal Educação em Revista. Coordinator of the Helena Antipoff Laboratory of Psychology and Education (LAPED). Member of the work group in History of Psychology of the Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Psicologia (ANPEPP) and of the work group in History of Psychology of the Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología (SIP). Founding member of Rede Ibero-americana de Pesquisadores em História da Psicologia (RIPeHP).
Rodrigo Lopes Miranda, Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil
PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Education at School of Education at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Member of the Helena Antipoff Laboratory of Psychology and Education (LAPED). Member of Rede Ibero-americana de Pesquisadores em História da Psicologia (RIPeHP).
Eustáquio José de Souza Júnior, Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Brasil
PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Education at School of Education at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Member of the Helena Antipoff Laboratory of Psychology and Education (LAPED). Member of Rede Ibero-americana de Pesquisadores em História da Psicologia (RIPeHP).
Published
2013-01-04
How to Cite
Cirino, S. D., Miranda, R. L., & de Souza Júnior, E. J. (2013). The Laboratory of Experimental Psychology: Establishing a psychological community at a Brazilian university. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 46(1). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v46i1.188