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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.

May 24, 2017

Lillian Gilbreth: Today in the History of Psychology (24th May 1878)

Lillian Moller Gilbreth was born. A pioneer in the field of industrial and organizational psychology, Gilbreth introduced the concept of the time and motion study as a business efficiency and productivity technique.

During her remarkable career, Gilbreth became the first female member of the Society of Industrial Engineers and the first woman to receive the Hoover Medal for distinguished public service by an engineer. Gilbreth's legacy was also acknowledged in 1984 when the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in Gilbreth's honor as part of their Great Americans series.

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Eminent Women in Psychology

May 23, 2017

A Treatise on Melancholy: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd May 1586)

Elizabethan physician Timothie Bright, wrote, signed and dated the dedication page to Peter Osborne in his book 'A Treatise on Melancholy.' Subtitled 'containing the causes thereof, and reasons of the strange effects it worketh in our minds and bodies...,' Treatise on Melancholy was the first book written in English to address the concept of mental illness.

There is a compelling evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare drew upon Dr. Timothy Bright's A Treatise on Melancholy in his writing, particularly Hamlet. In an article on the subject published in 1926, Mary Isabelle O'Sullivan notes 'Thus, in the light of Bright's Treatise we get the outlines of a Hamlet of Elizabethan psychology. This Hamlet is not a puppet of dramatic circumstance, pulled now by Kyd's strings, and now by Shakespeare's, but a character unified by the qualities of the melancholy man, as Bright presents them.'

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May 22, 2017

Coleman Roberts Griffith: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd May 1893)

Coleman Roberts Griffith was born. A pioneer in the field of sports psychology, Griffith's established the first athletics research laboratory in the United States at the University of Illinois in 1925. A prolific researcher and writer, Griffith's published two groundbreaking books on sports psychology, 'The Psychology of Coaching,' in 1926 and 'The Psychology of Athletes,' in 1928.

Coleman Roberts Griffith is also widely believed to be the first psychologist to be employed by a leading sports team when in 1938 Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley hired him to bring his expertise to bear on the performance of his famous baseball team.

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Sport Psychology

May 21, 2017

Hans Berger: Today in the History of Psychology (21st May 1873)

Hans Berger was born. A Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Berger began investigating electrical activity of the brain after his original area of research interest - locating the physiological basis of psychic phenomena - proved fruitless.

On July 6th 1924 Berger made history by recording brain activity via electrical impulses on the scalp during a neurosurgical procedure performed by the neurosurgeon Nikolai Guleke. In 1929 Berger published his landmark paper 'Über das Elektrenkephalogramm des Menschen' in which he introduced the term 'electroencephalogram' and the concept of Alpha and Beta brain wave states.

Thanks to the pioneering work of Hans Berger, the electroencephalogram (EEG) revolutionized the diagnosis and management of various medical conditions including epilepsy and encephalitis. It has also proved to be an invaluable research tool within psychology, particularly within the field of neuropsychology.

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May 20, 2017

John Stuart Mill: Today in the History of Psychology (20th May 1806)

John Stuart Mill was born. A revolutionary thinker, Mill's ideas had a profound influence on the history and development of psychology. A notable example being Mill's empirically driven system of inductive logic, which was adopted and applied by Wilhelm Wundt, a founding figure of modern psychology.

Mill also created a lasting legacy within psychology through his notion of mental chemistry, namely his suggestion that a complex idea is greater than the sum of its parts and constitutes more than just a collection of simple ideas added together. This doctrine of association became a key tenet of Gestalt psychology.

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May 19, 2017

Alfred Adler: Today in the History of Psychology (19th May 1929)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper in New York announces 'Discovered Inferiority Complex' in a headline story about Alfred Adler. This wonderful editorial notes:

'Towering above the whole brood of petty psychologists, mediocre psychologists and even great psychologists, is Dr. Alfred Adler of Vienna...Dr. Adler is the discoverer of the complicated manifestations of the inferiority complex and an international authority on the devious modes of human behavior.'

See following link to learn all about the life and work of psychology legend Alfred Adler.

Alfred Adler

May 18, 2017

Morons, imbeciles, and idiots: Today in the History of Psychology (18th May 1910)

During the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of the Feeble-Minded in Illinois, psychologist Henry H. Goddard proposed adopting the terms moron, imbecile, and idiot as three distinct classes of mental defect.

Now pejorative terms no longer employed in a psychological context, moron, imbecile, and idiot were standard definitions within the field of 'mental retardation' for many years.

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