Forensic Psychology Blog

Forensic Psychology Blog

The All About Forensic 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.

Apr 25, 2017

Sigmund Freud: Today in the History of Psychology (25th April 1886)

Sigmund Freud opened his private medical practice in Vienna marking the beginning of his career as a specialist in nervous illnesses.

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Sigmund Freud

Apr 24, 2017

Robert C. Bolles: Today in the History of Psychology (24th April 1928)

Robert C. Bolles was born. A pioneering psychologist within the field of functional behaviorism, Bolles's work was instrumental in revolutionizing our biobehavioral understanding of learning, motivation and cognition.

His classic book 'Theory of Motivation' published in 1967 signified a paradigm shift away from mechanistic Hullian drive theory towards cognitive and ethological explanations of motivated behavior.

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Apr 23, 2017

Psychological Testing by Anne Anastasi: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd April 1954)

The first edition of 'Psychological Testing' by Anne Anastasi was published. This classic text now in its seventh edition remains required reading in many undergraduate and graduate psychology courses.

See following link for free psychological testing information and resources.

Psychology Tests

Apr 22, 2017

Otto Rank: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd April 1884)

Otto Rank was born. One of Sigmund Freud's closest colleagues in the early days of the psychoanalytic movement and later a pioneering existential psychoanalyst.

Rank produced a prolific body of published work covering a range of topics including art, music, creativity, myth and religion.

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Apr 21, 2017

Oskar Pfungst: Today in the History of Psychology (21st April 1874)

Oskar Pfungst was born. A comparative psychologist renowned for his detailed study of Clever Hans, a performing horse who tapped his hoof a given number of times in order to give correct answers to complex arithmetical problems. Pfungst concluded that it was unintentional conditioning, rather than intellectual ability which explained Hans's apparent mathematical genius. He wrote:

'Hans's accomplishments are founded first upon a one-sided development of the power of perceiving the slightest movements of the questioner, secondly upon the intense and continued, but equally one-sided, power of attention, and lastly upon a rather limited memory, by means of which the animal is able to associate perceptions of movement with a small number of movements of its own which have become thoroughly habitual.'

The case of Clever Hans served to demonstrate the need for rigorous methodological controls within experimental psychology and was the catalyst for research into experimenter expectancy effects.

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Apr 20, 2017

Joseph Wolpe: Today in the History of Psychology (20th April 1915)

Joseph Wolpe was born. A hugely influential advocate of behavior therapy, Wolpe developed Systematic Desensitization, a revolutionary treatment for phobia induced anxiety based upon behaviorist principles of learning and 'unconditioning,' which he described as follows.

'The desensitization method consists of presenting to the imagination of the deeply relaxed patient the feeblest item in a list of anxiety-evoking stimuli - repeatedly, until no more anxiety is evoked. The next item of the list is then presented, and so on, until eventually even the strongest of the anxiety-evoking stimuli fails to evoke any stir of anxiety in the patient.'

In 1979 Joseph Wolpe received the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology.

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Apr 19, 2017

Gustav Theodor Fechner: Today in the History of Psychology (19th April 1801)

Gustav Theodor Fechner was born. A renowned philosopher and physicist, Fechner's lifelong interest in psychophysics - the quantitative study of the relationship between physical stimuli and the psychological sensations and perceptions they induce - had an integral influence on the development of experimental psychology.

Rightly considered a founder of modern psychology Fechner's papers were bequeathed to Wilhelm Wundt following his death in 1887.

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

History of Psychology