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.



Feb 28, 2017

Conditioning and Learning: Today in the History of Psychology (28th February 1940)




Ernest Hilgard and Donald Marquis's learning theory classic 'Conditioning and Learning' was published. For many years following its publication this influential behavioral text was designated essential reading for anybody studying psychology.

In discussing the book for an article in Psychological Science, Gordon H. Bower notes that Conditioning and Learning 'was exemplary in classifying and organizing critical concepts, date and hypotheses regarding the acquisition and extinction of conditioned responses, spontaneous recovery, generalization and discrimination.'

Information via: On This Day in Psychology: A Showcase of Great Pioneers and Defining Moments

Feb 27, 2017

Bertha Pappenheim (Anna O): Today in the History of Psychology (27th February 1859)




Bertha Pappenheim was born. Famously known as "Anna O" the first patient of psychoanalysis, Bertha Pappenheim was treated for "hysteria" by Sigmund Freud's mentor Josef Breuer.

Although Freud never treated "Anna O" himself, he was greatly influenced by her case and regularly referred to "Anna O's." talking cure as a "great therapeutic success;" most notably in the first of five landmark lectures he delivered during his one and only speaking engagement in the United States at Clark University in 1909.

See following link for psychoanalysis information and resources.

Psychoanalysis

Feb 26, 2017

John Bowlby: Today in the History of Psychology (26th February 1907)




John Bowlby was born. An eminent psychologist who along with Mary Ainsworth developed a profoundly influential theory of attachment. In a radical departure from the thinking of the time, Bowlby's ideas were driven by his sincere belief that the quality of parental care a child receives, particularly in its earliest years, was of vital importance for the child's subsequent mental health.

In 1989 Bowlby and Ainsworth received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions for "recognizing the profound implications of the development and operation of an attachment behavioral system in human beings and recognizing the import of this system for the study of mental processes."

See following link for quality developmental psychology information and resources.

Developmental Psychology

Feb 25, 2017

Jerome Kagan: Today in the History of Psychology (25th February 1929)




Jerome Kagan was born. A pioneering developmental psychologist with a research career spanning more than half a century, Kagan is The Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Harvard University. Renowned for highlighting the importance of physiology as a determinate of psychological characteristics, Kagan's groundbreaking work has been at the forefront of the contentious science of temperament.

In 1987 Jerome Kagan received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

See following link for quality developmental psychology information and resources.

Developmental Psychology

Feb 24, 2017

Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It: Today in the History of Psychology (24th February 1913)




John B. Watson delivered his landmark lecture 'Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It' at the New York branch of the American Psychological Association at Columbia University.

One of the most influential texts in the history of psychology, 'Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It' was published as an article in the journal 'Psychological Review' a month later.

See following link to read 'Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It' in full for free.

Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It

Feb 23, 2017

The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd February 1955)





The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) was published by renowned psychologist David Wechsler. Based on his earlier Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Scale; regularly revised and now in its fourth edition; the WAIS is one of the most commonly employed measures of adult cognitive ability. Principal areas of use include psycho-clinical, psycho-neurological, forensic, and educational assessment.

See following link for free psychological testing information and resources.

Psychology Tests

Feb 22, 2017

Walter Mischel: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd February 1930)




Walter Mischel was born. A world-renowned psychologist whose pioneering research has greatly increased our understanding of both personality (structure, process, and development,) and self regulation (willpower.) In 1968 Mischel's ground-breaking book, Personality and Assessment was published followed by the start of his hugely influential investigation into the longitudinal impact of delayed gratification in children, known as the marshmallow experiments; (although they could just as legitimately be referred to as the cookie or pretzel experiments.)

Among his many professional honors, Mischel received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1982 and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.

See following link for quality personality psychology information and resources.

Personality Psychology