Hans Eysenck (1916–1997) was a prominent psychologist in the twentieth century who studied a wide variety of phenomena. He is perhaps best known for his dimensional model of personality, his research on intelligence and genetics, and his critique of the efficacy of psychotherapy.
Eysenck earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University College in London in 1940 after moving to England from Germany because of his Jewish ancestry and opposition to the Nazi party. While earning his degree, he worked under Professor Sir Cyril Burt, an early psychometrician and behavior geneticist. Eysenck’s graduate research focused on experimental aesthetics, culminating in a Ph.D. thesis entitled, “An experimental and statistical investigation of some factors influencing aesthetic judgments.”
After obtaining his degree, Eysenck found employment difficult as a German without British citizenship, a wartime status with the official designation of “enemy alien.” He...
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