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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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SAFORCADA, Enrique. The psychology in Argentina: the discipline development and national reality. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp. 462-471. ISSN 0034-9690.

We review the historical development of Psychology in Argentina, from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century (the ‘sowing’ period) until present times (the period of the ‘owed harvest’). We explain the extinction - due to retirement or death - of the paths set up by pioneers who emerged in this country two decades after Wundt founded the Experimental Psychology Laboratory, followed by a vacancy period in the discipline and the multiple emergence of psychology degrees at public universities after 1954. This gestation period had important theoretical and scientific flaws and strong distortions created by the medical-clinical model. Although these circumstances are changing nowadays, there remain some important flaws and bias.

Keywords : Psychology; Training; Basic science; Profession; National reality.

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