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PINEDA, María Andrea. Eva Borkowska de Mikusinski, H. J. Eysenck and the scientific studies of personality in Argentina. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp. 1020-1041. ISSN 1808-4281.

A policentric approach in a local history about Eva Borkowska de Mikusinski is presented. She is a polish woman who migrated to Argentina after the Second World War, becoming into one of the first graduated psychologist in the region. Some of the motivations of this woman are explored while showing certain dilemmas between her familiar and professional life. The circumstances when she met H. J. Eysenck are described, explaining how this fact drove her to new projects that led her academic community to a historical change. Her scientific research about human behaviour's motivations let her become into a pioneer local reference on Eysenck's model, on which she based a psychologists' training plan and a research program, in despite of psychoanalytic hegemonic culture. Conditions of the Argentine university and scientific system are described, aiming to explain, how they let her develop her profession, but also how they inhibited the scope and incidence of her work.

Keywords : history; women; personality traits; Eysenck; Argentina.

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