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The following essay offers both a short biography of Psychologist Alfred Binet and a present day practical application using the theory from which Binet developed his Intelligence test Alfred Binet born in Nice France on the eleventh of July whose mother was an artist and whose father was a physician became one of the most prominent psychologists in French history Having received his formal education in both Nice and later in Paris at the renowned Lycee Louis -le-Grand Binet went on to become a lawyer This profession however was not suited to him and he found himself immersed in the works of JS Mill Bain and Sully at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris He identified strongly with the associationism theory in following that his mentor was JS Mill Binet began working with Charcot and Fere at the Salpetriere a famous Parisian hospital where he absorbed the theories of his teachers in regards to hypnosis hysteria and abnormal psychology During the following seven years he continuously demonstrated his loyalty in defending Charcots doctrines on hypnotic transfer and polarization until he was forced to accept the counterattacks of Delboeuf and the Nancy School which eventually caused a split between student and teacher Having been married in 1884 to Laure Balbiani whose father was EG Balbiani an embryologist at the College de France Binet was given the opportunity to work in his lab where his interest in comparative psychology was piqued and in which he eventually wrote his thesis for his doctorate in natural science focusing his research on the the behavior physiology histology and anatomy of insectsWolfe p7 It was while working in Dr Balbianis lab that Binet wrote Animal Magnetism an obvious breaking away from associationism showing Binets ability to adapt and learn with every opportunity Binets next area of interest could be considered a precursor to some of Piagets work with child
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