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2 C. C. "3 This was precisely the challenge that Allport and the Murphys took up in their dissent from the status quo during the 1930s: that of upsetting the "essential features of play" in the hope of offering a "better game," one in which the grounds for scientific authority would be refigured. 8 In short, Allport and the Murphys were entering thefieldof psychology at a time when it was just beginning to shift from a small nucleus of gentlemenscholars to a more amorphous body of researchers with potentially divisive interests, during an era when institutional investments in psychology departments were still small.
But the young Sarah Lawrence instructor would find herself drawn into the world of psychology through her relationship with her husband Gardner. D. in 1937. Murphy was hardly alone in joining the sacred to the secular through a dual apprenticeship at UTS and Columbia. 95 In addition to Lois Barclay Murphy, that number included at least Theodore Newcomb (who would coauthor the revised edition of Experimental Social Psychology with the Murphys in 1937) and Rensis Likert, who conducted research with Gardner Murphy that Murphy wrote up and published in 1938 under their joint authorship as Public Opinion and the Individual96 Goodwin Watson, one of the moving forces behind SPSSI during the 1930s - Watson served as president of SPSSI in its founding year of 1936, Gardner Murphy in 1937 - was another of those who first studied theology at UTS and then took a doctorate in psychology at Columbia.
20 The presumption of these German psychologists that their work was on an even footing with natural science was a viewpoint that startled many American researchers. The Gestalt movement in fact emerged within a cultural context in which many of those who were developing holistic theories saw their work as containing implications for the sciences as a whole. "22 That the opening decades of the twentieth century had seen great ferment across disciplinary lines in Europe suggested to individuals such as Allport and the Murphys that scientific life was in the process of emerging in new configurations.