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Exploring the Intersection of Comparative and Clinical Psychology: An Introduction

  • Author(s): Marston, Daniel
  • et al.
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This article serves as the introduction to the special issues of the International Journal of Comparative Psychology on the intersection of comparative and clinical psychology.  These two fields have a shared history going back to the beginnings of each.  Prominent names throughout psychology have work that crosses over between these two fields.  Freud referenced Darwin’s work throughout his work and Skinner’s research was almost exclusively comparative psychology research.  For much of the first half of the last century there was a clear collaboration between the two fields that was fueled by motivation to find the best ways of understanding psychological processes.  That collaboration has slowed considerably in the past several decades and this has coincided with increased specialization and compartmentalization throughout psychology.  It is hoped that the important articles included in this special issue will help spark further discussion of how these two fields can again collaborate for mutual professional benefit and for the benefit for the general public.

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