Volltext: The Psychological Laboratory of the University of Texas (61)

over, Dr. Sidney Edward Mezes, after whom the building was named, was formerly 
Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department.2 Philosophy’s occupancy 
of these rooms can, however, be regarded as only temporary, as the time is coming, 
surely within the next 10-12 yr., when Psychology will be pressed for space and a 
just claim can be made for all the rooms within the building. At present, however, 
the space is ample and the two Departments occupy this floor jointly in an amicable 
The plan of the offices along the main corridor is similar to that of the second 
floor: two suites of three offices with a central waiting room. The seventh office used 
by Philosophy (303) is on the corridor next to the Seminary (301). which is used 
solely by Philosophy. The experimental room (311) at the opposite end of the 
building is also assigned to Philosophy, being at present used as a study room for 
graduate students. 
(b) Clinical laboratory. The clinical laboratory contains 15 rooms: the office 
of the instructor in charge, mentioned above; a small class room (305), seating 25 
students; a suite of two rooms (307A and 307B) for the observation and study of 
children; a waiting room (307C) with a secretary-receptionist in charge; a demon- 
strational testing suite (307D and 307E) ; a suite of seven individual testing rooms 
(1-7); and a storage room (309). for test-blanks and other equipment and sup¬ 
The suite devoted to the study of children (307A and 307B) is divided by a 
one-way screen. The children’s room of this suite has a lavatory in one corner and 
a green blackboard upon one wall, both being placed at heights appropriate for 
children. It is furnished with children’s furniture (chairs and a table), with a 
sand-box, and with cases containing children’s books, games, toys and other play 
things. The one-way glass screen, through which the children are observed, is pro¬ 
tected from the children’s side by hardware cloth. The viewing room, which is 
darkened by means of a Venetian blind and a black, roller shade, is furnished with 
a large table and chairs like a seminary room—for which it is also used. Persons 
seated here are able, by means of a loudspeaker attached to a microphone in the chil¬ 
dren’s room, to hear as well as to see the subjects being observed. 
The demonstrational testing-suite is similarly divided by a one-way screen into a 
viewing and a testing room. The viewing room, which is a darkroom, has an 
elevated floor with four tiers of seats. Every seat gives a clear and unobstructed 
view of the room in which the testing is done. The testing room (8 x 8 ft.) con¬ 
tains a table and two chairs. The instructor gives a test to the subject in this room, 
showing the members of the class concealed in the viewing room the proper method 
of administering it. Since the subject is not aware of the group behind the mirror 
(i.e. the one-way screen) which he sees in his room, his performances are not 
affected by the embarrassing knowledge that he is being tested before a group, hence 
the demonstration of the method of giving the test proceeds in a normal and natural 
2 Dr. Mezes joined the faculty of the University of Texas in 1894 as Adjunct Pro¬ 
fessor of Philosophy. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1897 and to 
Professor of Philosophy in 1900. In 1902 he became Dean of Faculty, an office he 
retained until 1908 when he was appointed President of the University. In 1914, 
he went to the College of the City of New York.


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