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.

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Dec 13, 2018

Mortimer Mishkin: Today in the History of Psychology (13th December 1926)

Mortimer Mishkin was born. Chief of the Section on Cognitive Neuroscience in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, Mishkin is renowned for his groundbreaking work on understanding the functional organization of the primate brain; including the discovery of the role of the inferior temporal cortex in vision and the finding that the brain uses divergent pathways to process two different types of memory, cognitive memory (new information) and behavioral memory (skills & habits.)

Among his many career highlights, Mortimer Mishkin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1984, received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 1985 and was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Science from President Barak Obama in a ceremony at the White House in November 2010.

Dec 12, 2018

Oliva M. Espin: Today in the History of Psychology (12th December 1938)

Oliva M. Espin was born. Professor Emerita in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Dr. Espin is renowned for her pioneering contribution to the psychology of women and gender.

Among her numerous honors, Oliva M. Espin received the Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions in 1991 in recognition 'for her efforts to advance cross-cultural communication, gender issues, human sexuality, international awareness, and cultural factors as critical elements in the knowledge base of psychology.'

See following link to learn about some of the most eminent women in the history of psychology.

Eminent Women in Psychology

Dec 11, 2018

The Psychological Review: Today in the History of Psychology (11th December 1894)

The Psychological Review was first published. Edited by James McKeen Cattell and James Mark Baldwin, among the wonderful articles to appear in volume 1 of this landmark journal were: 'Arithmetic by Smell' by Francis Galton, 'The Psychology of Infant Language' by John Dewey, 'Psychological Notes on Helen Keller' by Joseph Jastrow and 'Studies from the Harvard Psychological Laboratory' by Hugo Münsterberg.

Still going strong today, Psychological Review 'publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to any area of scientific psychology.'

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

History of Psychology

Dec 10, 2018

Karl Groos: Today in the History of Psychology (10th December 1861)

Karl Groos was born. A professor of philosophy at the University of Basel in Switzerland, Groos developed an evolutionary theory of play that was years ahead of its time. In a number of landmark publications of the topic, most notably 'The Play of Animals' (1898) and 'The Play of Man' (1901), Groos argued that play provides an adaptive context in which children are able to acquire and develop the skills needed to prepare them for the tasks of life.

Writing about the biological significance of play, Groos famously stated that 'The very existence of youth is due in part to the necessity for play; the animal does not play because he is young, he has a period of youth because he must play.'

Dec 09, 2018

Géza Révész: Today in the History of Psychology (9th December 1878)

Géza Révész was born. A pioneer of European psychology, Révész founded the journal 'Acta Psychologica,' along with David Katz in 1935. A prolific researcher, Révész produced an incredibly varied body of work exploring a range of topics including, the psychology of music, pedagogical psychology, language and thought, industrial psychology, psychological optics and medical psychology.

The author of twenty books and over a hundred articles, 'Psychology of a Musical Prodigy' (1925) and 'The Psychology and Art of the Blind' (1950) rank among his best known publications.

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History of Psychology

Dec 08, 2018

Ulric Neisser: Today in the History of Psychology (8th December 1928)

Ulric Neisser was born. A profoundly influential figure in the field of cognitive psychology, Neisser's classic book on the subject 'Cognitive Psychology' was instrumental in establishing cognitive psychology as a major psychological discipline and bestowed on Neisser the title 'father of cognitive psychology.'

A passionate proponent of ecologically driven 'real world' cognitive psychology, in 1983 Neisser founded the internationally renowned Emory University Cognition Project which remains an important forum for theoretical and empirical investigations of major topics in the field.

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Cognitive Psychology

Dec 07, 2018

Francis Cecil Sumner: Today in the History of Psychology (7th December 1895)

Francis Cecil Sumner was born. A truly inspirational figure, Sumner became the first African American to earn a PhD in psychology in the United States. A highly respected academic, Sumner was an abstractor for Psychological Bulletin and the Journal of Social Psychology and conducted pioneering research in the field of racial bias and educational justice.

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

History of Psychology