University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student

Taku Iwatsuki

My research concerns methodological issues in the behavioral and social sciences. My interests include history and philosophy of the social sciences (especially methodological problems surrounding contemporary social research and the historical development of social research methods in the U.S.), history and philosophy of psychology (especially methodological and historical issues concerning personality and social psychology), and general philosophy of science (especially scientific change and philosophy of experiments). The main focus of my dissertation project is the intersection of scientific change and philosophy of experiments. I am developing a model of scientific change focusing on the roles played by changes in research methods. The project involves a detailed historical case study on the development of theories and experimental practices in twentieth-century social psychology.