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Anastasi, Anne (1908–2001)

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Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0056

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staff 2010. Anastasi, Anne (1908–2001). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Anne Anastasi is most closely associated with the development of differential psychology. She received her B.A. from Barnard and her Ph.D. from Columbia University, the latter at the age of 21. Although her long-standing plan had been to specialize in mathematics, a course using Pillsbury's Essentials of Psychology as the text aroused her interest in differential psychology. Then a course with Harry L. Hollingworth and an article by Charles Spearman clinched matters, the latter convincing her that psychology and mathematics could be combined. Her Columbia professors included Henry E. Garret (her dissertation advisor), Albert T. Poffenberger, Carl J. Warden, and Robert S. Woodworth, as well as visiting professors Richard M. Elliot and Clark L. Hull. Through her husband, John P. Folely Jr., who majored in psychology at Indiana University, she was exposed to the ideas of J. Robert Kantor. To all these influences she attributed her generalist orientation and her firm commitment to psychology as an objective science.