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Alfred BinetThe following essay offers both a short biography of Psychologist AlfredBinet and a present day practical application using the theory from whichBinet developed his Intelligence testAlfred Binet born in Nice France on the eleventh of July whose motherwas an artist and whose father was a physician became one of the most prominentpsychologists in French historyHaving received his formal education in both Nice and later in Paris atthe renowned Lycee Louis -le-Grand Binet went on to become a lawyer Thisprofession however was not suited to him and he found himself immersedin the works of JS Mill Bain and Sully at the Bibliotheque Nationale inParis He identified strongly with the associationism theory in followingthat his mentor was JS MillBinet began working with Charcot and Fere at the Salpetriere a famous Parisianhospital where he absorbed the theories of his teachers in regards to hypnosishysteria and abnormal psychology During the following seven years hecontinuously demonstrated his loyalty in defending Charcots doctrines onhypnotic transfer and polarization until he was forced to accept thecounterattacks of Delboeuf and the Nancy School which eventually causeda split between student and teacherHaving been married in 1884 to Laure Balbiani whose father was EG Balbianian embryologist at the College de France Binet was given the opportunityto work in his lab where his interest in comparative psychology was piquedand in which he eventually wrote his thesis for his doctorate in naturalscience focusing his research on the the behavior physiology histologyand anatomy of insectsWolfe p7 It was while working in Dr Balbianislab that Binet wrote Animal Magnetism an obvious breaking away fromassociationism showing Binets ability to adapt and learn with everyopportunityBinets next area of interest could be considered a precursor to some ofPiagets work with child psychology and began with the systematic observationof his two daughters to whom he devoted much of his time studying and writingabout It was at this point that Binet came to realize that individualdifferences had to be systematically explored before one could
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