Wednesday, May 13, 2009

“Last of the Mohicans? James McCosh and Psychology ‘Old’ and ‘New’”

Elissa Rodkey ’04 is a current graduate student in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University in Toronto. Last August she won the Society for the History of Psychology’s Best Student Paper Award for her paper, “Last of the Mohicans? James McCosh and Psychology ‘Old’ and ‘New,’” presented at the 2008 American Psychological Association (APA) conference. As a result of her award, the APA journal History of Psychology has asked her to submit her essay for publication.

Russ Kosits, the 2008 program chair for the Society for the History of Psychology, said of her paper, “The committee thought Elissa’s historical problem—the difficulties with ‘old’ versus ‘new’ as a rhetorical strategy was both interesting and clearly articulated. We were impressed with her ability to succinctly summarize McCosh’s thought, and her nuanced deconstruction of the rhetorical strategy itself.”

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