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Jul 15, 2019

Brenda Langford Milner: Today in the History of Psychology (15th July 1918)

Brenda Langford Milner was born. A world renowned pioneer in the field of neuropsychology, Milner began her illustrious career in the early 1950's exploring the effects of temporal lobe damage in humans, for her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Donald Hebb.

In 1957 along with William Scoville, Milner published 'Loss of Recent Memory After Bilateral Hippocampal Lesions.' This classic article included the findings of a series of experiments conducted with H.M (Henry Molaison) who famously was unable to commit new events to long-term memory following radical surgery designed to control his severe epileptic seizures. This groundbreaking research found that HM was able to steadily improve his performance on tests which he had no recollection of ever taking, a stunning discovery which provided compelling evidence that the brain is not as previously thought, governed by a solitary memory system. This landmark paper would go on to be one of the most cited publications in the history of neuroscience.

Among her many professional accolades, Brenda Milner received the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 1973 and was inducted into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Eminent Women in Psychology

Jul 14, 2019

Mary Henle: Today in the History of Psychology (14th July 1913)

Mary Henle was born. A highly respected figure within the field of Gestalt psychology, Henle developed the first laboratory manual on the subject in 1948 and conducted influential empirical research within a range of topic areas including; perception, motivation, rationality, problem solving and the relationship between thinking and logic.

In recognition of a long and distinguished career, Henle was featured in the prestigious publication, American Men and Women of Science in 1978.

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Eminent Women in Psychology

Jul 13, 2019

Fred Fiedler: Today in the History of Psychology (13th July 1922)

Fred Fiedler was born. A pioneering researcher in the field of Industrial and organizational psychology, Fiedler is best known for his groundbreaking contingency model of leadership, the first comprehensive details of which were published in his classic book 'A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness' in 1967.

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Industrial Organizational Psychology

Jul 12, 2019

Claude Bernard: Today in the History of Psychology (12th July 1813)

Claude Bernard was born. An eminent physiologist and advocate of the scientific method, Bernard's ideas on the importance of the constancy of the internal environment helped lay the foundation for homeostasis; a concept coined by Walter Canon which in turn was adopted by leading behaviorists such as J.B Watson and Curt Richter as an explanatory mechanism for motivated behavior.

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History of Psychology

Jul 11, 2019

Howard Gardner: Today in the History of Psychology (11th July 1943)

Howard Gardner was born. Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Gardner is renowned for his groundbreaking theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) which he developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s and first published details of in his trailblazing book 'Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences' in 1983.

Gardner's contention that as human beings we have several relatively discrete type of intelligence at our disposal revolutionized our psychological understanding of intellect; which prior to MI theory was driven by the assumption that a single intelligence exists which can be measured by standard IQ tests and other related educational methods of intellectual assessment.

Among his many professional accolades Gardner was named by Prospect magazine as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

Jul 10, 2019

Théodore Simon: Today in the History of Psychology (10th July 1873)

Théodore Simon was born. Along with Alfred Binet, Simon created and introduced the first scale of general intelligence (The Binet-Simon Scale) based on a series of thirty tests designed to measure the intellectual development of young children.

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History of Psychology

Jul 09, 2019

The Clinical Method: Today in the History of Psychology (9th July 1903)

Charles Gilman, the first client to be treated at the world's first psychological clinic at the University of Pennsylvania (clinic entrance shown in picture) had his last session with pioneering psychologist Lightner Witmer who had been approached by Charles Gilman's teacher, concerned over his student's inability to learn to spell.

As part of an innovative approach which Witmer called 'the clinical method' Gilman was assessed using a combination of psychological tests and educational interventions; the result of which was a significant improvement in Gilman's academic performance.

See following link to read in full for free, the landmark paper by Lightner Witmer that resulted in the author being widely acknowledged as the founder of clinical psychology.

Lightner Witmer