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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)