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.

Mar 27, 2017

David Krech: Today in the History of Psychology (27th March 1909)

David Krech was born. Professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1947 to 1971, Krech was renowned for his pioneering research on brain chemistry in relation to behavior, particularly his exploration of chemical changes in the brain during the learning process.

In 1970 David Krech received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

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Biological Psychology

Mar 26, 2017

Barbara Snell Dohrenwend: Today in the History of Psychology (26th March 1927)

Barbara Snell Dohrenwend was born. A highly respected figure within the interrelating fields of community psychology, health psychology, and psychological epidemiology, Dohrenwend's influential body of work on stress was driven by her firmly held conviction that scientific research should be employed to ease psychological suffering.

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Mar 25, 2017

Ruth Winifred Howard: Today in the History of Psychology (25th March 1900)

Ruth Winifred Howard was born. The first African American woman to earn a doctorate in psychology, Howard enjoyed a very successful research and consulting career within a variety of fields including child development, family counseling, mental health training and nursing education.

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Mar 24, 2017

Édouard Claparède: Today in the History of Psychology (24th March 1873)

Édouard Claparède was born, a pioneering researcher within the field of child psychology best known for his highly influential and best-selling book 'Psychologie de l'Enfant et Pédagogie experimentale.' This groundbreaking text was translated into many languages across the world and first appeared in English under the title 'Experimental Pedagogy and the psychology of the child' in 1911.

Among the eminent psychologists to be influenced by the work of Claparède was the legendary Jean Piaget.

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Child Psychology

Mar 23, 2017

Philip Zimbardo: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd March 1933)

Philip Zimbardo was born. A world-renowned educator, researcher, speaker and author with over 50 books and more than 400 published articles to his name, Philip Zimbardo has been informing our understanding of human behavior for over fifty years. His landmark Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971 showed how situations and systems can make good people do bad things by creating the conditions in which those in positions of power dehumanize those in less powerful positions. These controversial findings continue to resonate today in what they tell us about contemporary events such as the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses in Iraq; the resulting trial of which saw Dr. Zimbardo serve as an expert witness.

A passionate standard bearer for the discipline of psychology, Philip Zimbardo's ground-breaking public television series, Discovering Psychology has been seen by millions of people worldwide and received the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science. He continues to pursue many important areas of research, e.g. the psychology of heroism and Social Intensity Syndrome, a new phenomenon related to long-term military socialization.

A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Philip Zimbardo served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2002 and received the APA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Science of Psychology in 2012.

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Mar 22, 2017

Walter S. Hunter: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd March 1889)

Walter S. Hunter was born. A renowned comparative psychologist, Hunter is best known for his pioneering research on delayed reaction in animals and children and double alternation in the temporal maze.

Hunter was a leading advocate and promoter of objective psychology though his editorial work on a number of notable periodicals e.g. the Journal of Animal Behavior, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Index and Psychological Abstracts.

Walter S. Hunter served as president of the American Psychological Association in 1931 and was chairman of the psychology department at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island from 1936 to 1954.

Mar 21, 2017

John Ridley Stroop: Today in the History of Psychology (21st March 1897)

John Ridley Stroop was born. In 1935 Stroop published a landmark article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, entitled 'Studies of interference in serial verbal reactions.' The article which arose from Stroop's doctoral thesis was based upon previous research into the inhibiting effects of color naming and word reading stimuli in conflicting situations.

Stroop conducted a series of experiments to test hypotheses relating to the time taken for reading names of colors with the time taken for naming colors themselves e.g., if the word 'red' is printed in blue ink how will the interference of the ink-color 'blue' upon reading the printed word 'red' compare with the interference of the printed word 'red' upon calling the name of the ink-color 'blue?'

The finding that significantly longer response times occur when ink-color and color name are incongruous than when ink-color and color name are the same became known as the 'Stroop effect' and stimulated decades of research and hundreds of published studies across a range of topic areas and psychological disciplines.