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The All About Psychology Blog will be used to alert readers to all the latest content and resources added to the website.

It will also document a significant person, event or landmark in the history of psychology every day of the year.



Ursula Bellugi: Today in the History of Psychology (21st February 1931)




Ursula Bellugi was born. A pioneering researcher in the field of language neurobiology, Bellugi was the first to show that American Sign Language is a true language, replete with grammar and syntax which draws upon many of the same areas of the brain for processing as spoken language.

Among her many career highlights, Ursula Bellugi received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1992 and was elected to National Academy of Sciences in 2007.

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Edwin Starbuck: Today in the History of Psychology (20th February 1866)




Edwin Diller Starbuck was born. A highly respected psychologist, Starbuck devised and delivered some of the earliest university courses in psychological testing and educational psychology.

Starbuck was also a pioneer in the psychology of religion. Among his best known published work on the topic was 'A Study of Conversion' (1897), 'Some Aspects of Religious Growth' (1897), and 'The Psychology of Religion' (1899). Starbuck also provided much of the material drawn upon by William James in his groundbreaking lecture series 'The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature.'

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Nicolaus Copernicus: Today in the History of Psychology (19th February 1473)




Nicolaus Copernicus was born. His heliocentric proposition that the sun rather than the earth is at the centre of the universe had a profound and far-reaching impact on the development and application of modern science, including experimental psychology.

Copernicus also features in arguably the greatest quote ever from the classic TV comedy show Frasier i.e. 'Excuse me, Niles, but I've got news for you: Copernicus called, and you are not the centre of the universe!'

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Fritz Heider: Today in the History of Psychology (18th February 1896)




Fritz Heider was born. A pioneering psychologist, Heider applied Gestaltist principles to develop landmark theories within the field of social perception and causal attribution. Among his best known work was the interpersonal perception classic 'An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior,' which he co-authored with Marianne Simmel and was first published in The American Journal of Psychology in 1944.

Among his many professional accolades, Heider received the American Psychological Association (APA) distinguished scientific contribution award in 1965.

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An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior

Sir Ronald Fisher: Today in the History of Psychology (17th February 1890)




Sir Ronald Fisher was born. An eminent geneticist, Fisher made an unparalleled contribution to modern statistics, experimental design and scientific inference.

Fisher not only pioneered the development of analysis of variance (ANOVA) but also introduced the concept of the null hypothesis in his landmark book 'The Design of Experiments' published in 1935.

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Transpersonal Psychology Information Guide

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Types of Psychology: Comprehensive Information and Resources

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Richard Atkinson: Today in the History of Psychology (16th February 1988)




Richard Atkinson, became president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the first psychologist to hold the office since Edward Thorndike in 1934.

President emeritus of the University of California and professor emeritus of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, San Diego, Richard Atkinson served as director of the National Science Foundation (1977-1980) and received the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 1977 for 'combining the best traditions of experimental psychology with new concepts of information processing, in the advancement of psychological theory and its applications.'

Fritz Heider & Marianne Simmel: An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior

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British Psychological Society: Today in the History of Psychology (15th February 1902)




The first scientific meeting of the British Psychological Society took place. Papers presented at the meeting included 'The Evolution of Laughter,' by James Sully; 'Fechner's Paradoxical Experiment,' by William McDougall and 'Pathological Changes in Immediate Memory and Association' by William George Smith.

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Psychology Symbol Information Guide

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Carl Jung: Today in the History of Psychology (14th February 1955)




Carl Jung was featured on the front cover of Time magazine and the subject of an article in the medicine section titled 'The Old Wise Man,' which noted that at the age of 79 Jung was still "tirelessly adventuring through the vast reaches of the psyche."

It was also on this day in 1903 that Carl Jung married Emma Rauschenbach.

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Carl Jung

Jean-Martin Charcot: Today in the History of Psychology (13th February 1882)





Jean-Martin Charcot presents 'On the Various Nervous States Determined by Hypnotization in Hysterics' to the French Academy of Sciences in Paris.

A highly respected and pioneering neurologist, Charcot's landmark presentation served as a catalyst for the scientific study of hypnotism.

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Charles Darwin: Today in the History of Psychology (12th February 1809)




Charles Darwin was born. A revolutionary scientist and extraordinary thinker, Darwin's theory of evolution had a profound influence on our understanding of the natural world.

Darwin's ideas have informed many areas of psychology including the evolution of instinct and the part played by intelligence in the process, the evolution of mind and expressions of emotion.

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