Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Stratton, G. M.

  • David C. Devonis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_119

Basic Biographical Information

Born: September 26, 1865; Died: October 8, 1957.

George Malcolm Stratton was among the last major American psychologists to have a primarily philosophic education and background. Son of a Gold Rush pioneer, he matriculated at the University of California (BA 1888) and after obtaining the M.A. at Yale in 1890 returned to California as a fellow in philosophy with the idealistic philosopher George Howison. With Howison’s support, Stratton left for 2 years’ study in Europe where he obtained another M.A. and the Ph.D. under  Wundt, Wilhelm at Leipzig in 1896. He then returned to California, and except for a 4-year period between 1904 and 1908 when he was at Johns Hopkins, he spent the rest of his career there, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1928, and retired in 1935, remaining active as an emeritus faculty member until shortly before his death.

Major Accomplishments/ Contributions

 Tolman, E. C., a longtime colleague, said that Stratton’s...

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  1. Stratton, G. M. (1897). Vision without inversion of the retinal image. Psychological Review, 4, 341–360, 463–481.Google Scholar
  2. Stratton, G. M. (1906a). The difference between the mental and the physical. Psychological Bulletin, 3(1), 1–9.Google Scholar
  3. Stratton, G. M. (1906b). The character of consciousness. Psychological Bulletin, 3(4), 117–124.Google Scholar
  4. Stratton, G. M. (1907). Some experiments on the perception of the movement, color, and direction of lights, with special reference to railway signaling. Psychological Review Monograph Supplement, 10, 84–105.Google Scholar
  5. Stratton, G. M. (1916). Feminism and psychology. Century Magazine, 92, 420–426.Google Scholar
  6. Stratton, G. M. (1923). Cattle and excitement from blood. Psychological Review, 30(5), 380–387.Google Scholar
  7. Stratton, G. M. (1928). The function of emotion as shown particularly in excitement. Psychological Review, 35(5), 351–366.Google Scholar
  8. Stratton, G. M. (1944). Violence within the nation: Treatment, particularly in the United States. Psychological Review, 51, 147–161.Google Scholar
  9. Tolman, E. C. (1961). George Malcolm Stratton, 1865–1957. National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGraceland UniversityLamoniUSA