Experimental Psychology, that studies external behaviour as well as the internal processes of the different stages of human development as also of animals, is considered the most important branch of psychology. The credit for establishing psychology on a scientific basis is given to experimental method. The scope of Experimental Psychology is widening with the invention of new tools and instruments for experiments. It is the core of the curriculum prescribed for psychology in almost all the Indian universities, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The present book, Experimental Psychology, is a textbook focusing on the experimental methods in the fast growing area of psychology. It attempts to provide an in-depth study of important areas covered by experimental psychology: physco-physics, animal psychology, learning psychology, psychology of individual differences, child psychology, education psychology, clinical psychology, industrial psychology, etc. Besides these, it includes experiments in physiological psychology, nervous system, mental processes and aspects of human behaviour.
The book has been particularly designed to help students prepare for university examinations. The language used is lucid, simple and unburdened by technical jargon. The presentation of subject matter has been made from the pragmatic viewpoint, following a tried and tested pedagogical style, enabling the reader to easily understand and grasp the subject. It is hoped that it will prove highly useful to both students and teachers of Psychology.
About the Author
Ram Nath Sharma, M.A., D.Phil., D.Litt., has been President: U.P. Philosophers Association for a decade; LMI: Indian Philosophical Association and Darshan Parishad; Director: Sri Aurobindo Research Institute; Chief Editor: Research Journal of Philosophy and Social Science; Head of the Department of P.G. Studies and Research at Meerut College for two decades. He has guided more than two dozen Ph.D. scholars. Dr. Sharma has authored more than one hundred research papers and an equal number of books in the field of Education and Psychology.
Rachana Sharma, M.A., Ph.D., had been guiding retarded children and clinical psychologist in Delhi and providing counselling to parents. Since 2000 she has been working in Department of Education, London, U.K. providing guidance and counselling to children of several races. She has utilised both her theoretical knowledge and practical experience in writing this book. Her Ph.D. work Hindu Techniques of Mental Health has been acclaimed both in East and West.