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My paper on astrology and phrenology published

18 Dec

My paper “Interest in astrology and phrenology over two centuries: A Google Ngram study” has been published in Psychological Reports. Here is the abstract:

“Summary.—The Google Ngram Viewer shows the frequency of words in a large corpus of books over two centuries. In this study, the names of two pseudosciences, astrology and phrenology, were compared. An interesting pattern emerged. While the level of interest in astrology remained relatively stable over the course of two centuries, interest in phrenology rose rapidly in the early 1800s but then declined. Reasons for this pattern are discussed.”

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