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Sante De Sanctis’ Contribution to the Study of Dreams Between the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: The Originality of the Integrated Method

  • Chiara Bartolucci
  • Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
  • Giorgia Morgese
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Abstract

This chapter reviews and analyzes the research on dreams of Sante De Sanctis, an illustrious psychologist, psychiatrist, and founder of the discipline of psychology in Italy. The analysis of his study of dreams demonstrates how De Sanctis was the only Italian scholar to have broadened the experimental paradigm of Wundtian psychology using an original pluralistic method integrated with a theoretical perspective based on the study of the psychophysical reality of individuals in their totality. De Sanctis’ scientific work on dreams, documented in important national and international articles and monographs published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, appears to exemplify his modern conceptualization of clinical-differential psychological research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Bartolucci
    • 1
  • Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
    • 2
  • Giorgia Morgese
    • 2
  1. 1.RomeItaly
  2. 2.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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