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Cattell, James McKeen (1860–1944)

  1. N. A. Haynie

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0159

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Haynie, N. A. 2010. Cattell, James McKeen (1860–1944). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


James McKeen Cattell attended Lafayette College for his undergraduate work. He traveled to Europe and studied at Gottingen and then in Leipzig under Wilhelm Wundt. He received a fellowship to return to Johns Hopkins in 1882 and study philosophy. While at Johns Hopkins, Cattell attended the lectures on psychology by G. Stanley Hall and began research on mental activities. He returned to work with Wundt in 1883 to study individual differences, which was characterized as a typically American project by Germans. Cattell received his PhD degree in 1886 in psychology. His dissertation was the first in psychology by an American.