Psychology as a Hub Science
Time and Location
Friday May 23, 2008, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sheraton 4 & 5
In the Middle Ages, theology and philosophy were the hub disciplines, and the other disciplines were organized in a circle around this center. This dynamic duo of hub disciplines influenced thinking across the other fields of knowledge. The past three centuries have been a period of unparalleled advances in knowledge and science. Are the sciences organized around a central discipline or two, or have all the scientific disciplines matured independently and sufficiently such that there is no central inherent overall structure in science? Scientometric research to address this question indicates contemporary science no longer originates from a single source. Instead, seven hub disciplines were found: mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, medicine, "social sciences," and psychology. The distinguished speakers in the Presidential Symposium represent diverse areas within psychology and have influenced scientific research across multiple scientific disciplines. Together, they illustrate the importance and centrality of psychological science.