This section features contributions to the history of experimental physiology and psychology in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Contributions are presented in a new format, situated somewhere between abstracts and articles and make intense use of images. They highlight single aspects of the experimentalization process and its embedment in a broader cultural context, often from the perspective of individual scholars who pursue specific research projects within the Virtual Laboratory. The average length of an Essay is between six and ten pages.

The idea is to connect whenever possible to the holdings of the Virtual Laboratory. Thus, links direct the reader from the text to short biographies (People), laboratories (Sites), instruments (Technology), and digital sources (Library) and then vice versa from the source material to the most recent commentaries assembled in this section. Along these lines, the VL invites visitors to contribute to the Essay section by submitting papers directly to us.

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