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Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology: Today in the History of Psychology 23rd August 1988




Issue 1 of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology was published. In his introductory statement, editor-in-Chief Michael Taylor stated that 'neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and behavioral neurology share a common data base, the recognition that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that all mental events (dreams, desires, hopes, thoughts, loves and hates) are expressions of neurobiologic processes.'

In 2003 The Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology was succeeded by The Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology.

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Floyd Henry Allport: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd August 1890)




Floyd Henry Allport was born. Renowned as a distinguished theorist and innovative researcher, Allport is widely considered to be the first psychologist to systematically study group processes and social relationships via the experimental method. A hugely influential figure within the field of social psychology, Allport's groundbreaking work on the effect of the group on the behavior of the individual included a series of classic studies on social facilitation.

A truly eminent figure within psychology, Allport received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1965 and the Gold Medal Award of the American Psychological Foundation (APF) in 1968.

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Milton Theaman: Today in the History of Psychology (21st August 1916)




Milton Theaman was born. Renowned for his unceasing commitment to promoting the social usefulness of psychology, Theaman was an influential writer and speaker on issues relating to professional accountability, licensure and free/low-cost psychological service provision.

In 1982 Theaman received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice.

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Psychology Expert Interviews

Psychology Expert Q & A: Fascinating interviews with experts spanning a range of psychology topic areas.

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Roger Wolcott Sperry: Today in the History of Psychology (20th August 1913)




Roger Wolcott Sperry was born. A world renowned Professor of Psychobiology, Sperry is best known for his pioneering split-brain research into the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres, for which he was awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981.

In 1989 Sperry received The President's National Medal of Science: "For his work on neurospecificity which showed how the intricate brain networks for behavior are effected through a system of chemical coding of individual cells, which has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of human nature."

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Susan Tufts Fiske: Today in the History of Psychology (19th August 1952)




Susan Tufts Fiske was born. Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Professor Fiske is internationally renowned for her groundbreaking research into the causal nature of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. A profoundly influential expert in her field, Professor Fiske's testimony was central to a landmark decision on gender bias by The U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 and she was also called to testify before President Clinton’s Race Initiative Advisory Board in 1998.

Among her many academic honors, Professor Fiske received the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 2010 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

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Eminent Women in Psychology

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George Fullerton: Today in the History of Psychology (18th August 1859)




George Stuart Fullerton was born. Fullerton was renowned for his pioneering work within the field of psychophysics, in particular his collaboration with James McKeen Cattell on the perception of small differences.

A pivotal figure in the early days of modern psychology, Fullerton hosted the First Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Philadelphia in December 1892 and served as APA president in 1896.

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History of Psychology

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Psychology Research Project Guidance Notes

Written by a lecturer in psychology these guidance notes are designed to help you plan, execute and write-up your psychology research project.

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Clark Hull: Today in the History of Psychology (17th August 1943)




Clark Hull's classic book 'Principles of Behavior' was published. Widely considered one of the most influential contributions to learning and behavior theory, its popularity made Hull one of the most frequently cited psychologists of his day.

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Psychology Journal Articles Collection

Classic Psychology Journal Articles. Completely free access to the most important and influential journal articles ever published in the history of psychology.

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Behavior and the Concept of Mental Disease

Behavior and the Concept of Mental Disease. Classic article by "father of behaviorism" John B Watson.

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Wilhelm Wundt: Today in the History of Psychology (16th August 1832)




Wilhelm Wundt was born. A profoundly influential figure in the history of psychology, Wundt founded the first experimental laboratory of psychology in Leipzig, Germany in 1879, the primary aim of which was to establish psychology as an independent empirical science. Among the many eminent psychologists to study under the supervision of Wilhelm Wundt were, Edward B. Titchener, G. Stanley Hall, Hugo Münsterberg, James McKeen Cattell and Lightner Witmer.

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History of Psychology

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Stanley Milgram: Today in the History of Psychology (15th August 1933)




Stanley Milgram was born. Milgram was renowned for conducting a series of the most notorious and controversial experiments in the history of psychology designed to explore the extent to which people would be willing to obey an experimenter's orders to administer 'electric shocks' as a form of punishment in a 'learning exercise.'

In 1963 Milgram published a number of papers documenting the disturbing finding that 65% of his subjects obeyed orders from an authority figure to inflict severe levels of pain on someone else, a finding he examined in detail in 1974 in his book 'Obedience to Authority' which was translated into seven languages. Milgram's work on obedience not only raised serious questions about research ethics but was also challenged on methodological grounds, most notably in relation to his very small sample size and the fact that the infamous 65% obedience level figure was based on just one out of 24 experimental variations. Despite this, Milgram's work still ranks among the most influential areas of social psychological research.

An avant-garde thinker, Milgram also conducted fascinating research into such things as the 'small world' phenomenon, the effects of televised antisocial behavior and the experience of living in cities.

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Stanford Prison Experiment: Today in the History of Psychology (14th August 1971)




Philip Zimbardo's Stanford prison experiment began with the (simulated) arrest of nine college student volunteers. In a compelling retelling of this (in)famous day for a 40-year anniversary retrospective in 2011, Zimbardo stated:

'Driven to police station in squad car, flashing lights, fingerprinted, photographed, booked, and then stuck in a holding cell blindfolded...each stripped naked, blindfold removed, standing naked in front of a full length mirror, while guards mock their lack of manly equipment, put them in their prisoner uniform, a smock, with their prisoner ID sown on front, no underwear, chain on one leg and nylon stocking caps over their heads...each of these nine prisoners arrested by the police must learn how best to adapt to and adjust to this totally alien situation. Their nine guards (randomly assigned) to each of three 8 hr shifts, have selected their military style uniforms earlier, and helped to set up the final aspects of 'their prison,' erecting signs, fixing up the guard quarters, being prepped by the warden and superintendent.

Now the action is ready to begin. We will see what happens when Good people, bright, educated, normal, healthy young men - all Good Apples - are put in a Bad Barrel for several weeks.

The Question: Who wins, Humanity or Situational Evil?'

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