Magda B. Arnold's life and work in context

Stephanie A. Shields

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This paper provides a biographical and historical context for understanding and appreciating Magda B. Arnold's (1903-2002) theory and research on emotion. It situates Arnold's work in the context of mid-century emotion theory, the status of women psychologists, and pre-Cognitive Revolution psychology more generally. In considering Arnold's life and work, three themes stand out and deserve emphasis: (1) Arnold's lifelong passion and commitment to her project of grounding the psychology of emotion in brain processes; (2) the tensions and complementarities between her identity as a hardnosed scientist and a person of deep religious faith; and (3) the larger scientific and scholarly context within which her long and complex life and career unfolded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-919
Number of pages18
JournalCognition and Emotion
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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