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History of Psychology



History of Psychology


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"Only by exploring psychology's origins and studying its development can we see clearly the nature of psychology today. Knowledge of history brings order to disorder and imposes meaning on what appears to be chaos, putting the past into perspective to explain the present."


Duane P. Schultz & Sydney Ellen Schultz



The history of psychology is a fascinating topic in its own right; full of intrigue, controversy, irrepressible characters and profoundly influential insights into human behavior. This page will seek to showcase the discipline's pioneers, schools of thought and pivotal studies.


There are many important landmarks in the timeline of psychology - here are just a few.








Pioneers





See following link to learn about the life and work of psychology's most eminent pioneers.



Psychology Pioneers



Classic Articles



Classic Psychology Journal Articles


The All-About-Psychology.Com classics collection offers free full-text access to the most important and influential journal articles ever published in the history of psychology, including contributions from the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. You can check out the classics collection via the following link.


Classic Psychology Journal Articles



Milgram Experiment


See following link for a fascinating Q & A with psychologist Gina Perry who has conducted compelling research into Stanley Milgram's infamous obedience experiments.


Interview With Gina Perry



Quality Resources



This Week in The History of Psychology



Excellent podcast show (2006-2012) hosted by Christopher D. Green, Professor of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada with over thirty fascinating broadcasts. For example, Click Here to listen to an interview with Professor David Robinson on the founder of experimental psychology Wilhelm Wundt.


You can access all the podcast broadcasts by Clicking Here.





The Archives of the History of American Psychology



The Archives of the History of American Psychology


Established in 1965, the Archives of the History of American Psychology is the world’s largest repository of manuscripts, monographs, media, and artifacts relevant to the history of psychology and related human sciences. The collections document the history of psychology in all of its forms, tracing it from the laboratory rooms in the late nineteenth century to the hospitals, schools, and businesses throughout the twentieth century. The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) is dedicated to preserving, organizing, and documenting these materials and making them available for research, scholarship, and interpretation.


Many thanks to John Bean Media Assistant at The Archives of the History of American Psychology for letting me know about this excellent resource.


Click Here To Visit The AHAP Website.



Essential Reading



On This Day in Psychology: A Showcase of Great Pioneers and Defining Moments by David Webb


Documenting a significant person, event or landmark in the history of psychology every day of the year, the aim of this book is to demonstrate that psychology is a discipline bursting with fascinating topics of investigation and scientific research.


Featuring the life and work of eminent thinkers, revolutionary ideas and groundbreaking publications; you'll find this a thoroughly engaging read whatever your connection with psychology - student, educator, professional or general interest.


See following link for full details.


On This Day in Psychology: A Showcase of Great Pioneers and Defining Moments




Recent Articles

  1. Ernst Weber: Today in the History of Psychology (24th June 1795)

    Jun 24, 17 10:00 AM




    Ernst Weber was born. Renowned for his pioneering work on touch and human perception, most notably his 'just-noticeable difference' law of sensation between two stimuli; Weber's systematic and scienti…

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  2. Alfred Kinsey: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd June 1894)

    Jun 23, 17 10:00 AM




    Alfred Kinsey was born. A pioneering researcher within the field of human sexuality, Kinsey's landmark studies were as groundbreaking as they were controversial.

    Among Kinsey's most (in)famous publica…

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  3. William McDougall: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd June 1871)

    Jun 22, 17 10:00 AM




    William McDougall was born. A pioneering figure in the development of modern psychology, McDougall was a founding member of the British Psychological Society (1901) and succeeded Hugo Münsterberg as C…

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