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





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.

See following link to read 'An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior,' in full for free.

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.

See following link for psychology research methods information and resources.

Psychology Research Methods

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.'

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Cognitive Psychology

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.

See following link to learn all about the history of psychology.

History of Psychology

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

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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.

See following link to read 'What is Hypnosis?' A classic article originally published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 1906.

What is Hypnosis?

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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Evolutionary Psychology

Only Great Psychology Books Make It On To This Page

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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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Bernice Neugarten: Today in the History of Psychology (11th February 1916)




Bernice Levin Neugarten was born. A renowned authority within the field of gerontology and adult human development, Neugarten was at the forefront in the fight against ageism and the promotion of intergenerational equity.

Included among her most influential publications were: 'Personality in Middle and Late Life' (1964), 'Middle Age and Aging: A Reader in Social Psychology' (1968) and 'Adjustment to Retirement. A Cross-National Study' (1969).

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Developmental Psychology

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Today in the History of Psychology (10th February 1933)




Edward Thorndike's classic article 'A Proof of the Law of Effect' outlining the notion that a behavioral response is strengthened in the presence of a satisfying after-effect stimulus was published as a special paper in the journal Science.

Thorndike's ideas concerning the "law of effect" played an important role in the development of learning theory, most notably as a foundation for B.F. Skinner's work on operant conditioning.

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History of Psychology

Elizabeth Koppitz: Today in the History of Psychology (9th February 1919)




Elizabeth Koppitz was born. A pioneer in learning disabilities and special education, Koppitz wrote several influential books within the field of psychoeduational assessment of children; including, The Bender Gestalt Test for Young Children in 1964 and Psychological Evaluation of Children's Human Figure Drawings in 1968.

In recognition and memory of her distinguished contribution to the field, the American Psychological Foundation established the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship to support graduate research projects and scholarships in child psychology.

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Child Psychology

B.F. Skinner Information and Resources

Learn all about the life and work of psychology legend B.F. Skinner.

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Eric Schopler: Today in the History of Psychology (8th February 1927)




Eric Schopler was born. A profoundly influential figure within the field of autism research, Schopler was instrumental in developing the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's; a groundbreaking program consisting of humane and pioneering techniques that have been adopted throughout the world.

Regularly honored throughout his long and illustrious career, Schopler was posthumously awarded the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology in 2006.




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