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History of Psychology


Influential People

Behaviourism: The Early Years
Article provides a history of the development of behaviourism.
Burying Freud: The Website
Professor R. C. Tallis provides a critical perspective on the contributions of Freud and psychoanalysis.
CPA Section 25: History and Philosophy of Psychology
Section of the Canadian Psychological Association is devoted to the study of the history of psychology.
Classics in the History of Psychology
The texts to many classic psychology articles are available at this site.
Gestalt Therapy and Psychology
Article provides some history of Gestalt therapy and Gestalt psychology.
History of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Site provides a brief timeline of the history of I/O Psychology.
History of Influences in the Development of Intelligence Theory and Testing
Article provides information about people who have made influential contributions to intelligence theory and testing.
History of Psychology
"This is an e-text about the historical and philosophical background of Psychology" written by Dr. George Boeree.
History of Psychology Daily Calendar
Calendar chronicles key events in the history of psychology.
Site describes hypnosis; subconscious, unconscious, and self hypnosis; and the history of hypnosis.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Site provides a number of articles describing the lives and works of many influential people throughout the history of philosophy and psychology.
Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology
This article is about Ebbinghaus' famous experiment about memory and learning.
Milestones in Neuroscience Research
This site provides a detailed timeline of the major events that occurred during the history of neuroscience.
Phrenology and the Fine Arts
Site presents an interactive phrenological head. Phrenology is the belief that each part of the brain controls a particular emotion.
The Nature of Love
Article discusses love and Harlow's famous experiment involving wire mesh monkey mothers.
The Story of a Mental Hospital: Fulbourn, 1858-1983
This e-book describes the changes that have occurred in the conditions of mental hospitals from 1858-1983.
The University of Toronto Museum of Psychological Instruments
This site showcases the instruments used in "the earliest research and teaching program in experimental psychology in Canada.".
Theoretical Roots of Early Behaviorism
Article discusses "functionalism, the critique of introspection, and the nature and evolution of consciousness."

Influential People

Abraham Maslow
Site provides a summary of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and theory of self-actualization.
Albert Bandura
Site provides a "biographical sketch" of Albert Bandura.
Alfred Adler
Article provides an overview of Adler's life and of his theories concerning lifestyle, teleology, social interest, inferiority, psychological types, childhood, birth order, and therapy.
Article provides an overview of Aristotle's life, his writings, and theories about the soul, ethics, nature, politics, and art.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Site provides an overview of some of Schopenhauer's contributions.
Carl Rogers
Article provides an overview of Rogers' theories such as incongruity, defenses, fully-functioning people, and client-centered therapy.
Edmund Husserl
Article provides a biography of Husserl and summarizes his theories about psychologism and transcendental phenomenology.
Eugen Bleuler
Site provides a brief biography of Eugen Bleuler. He was the first to use the term "schizophrenia."
Famous Figures in Psychology
Site provides links to websites about influential people in psychology.
George Kelly
Article summarizes Kelly's theory about the fundamental postulate and the 11 corollaries. It also discusses psychopathology and therapy.
Immanuel Kant
Article provides some a summary of some of the major contributions Kant made to theories regarding how the mind works.
Immanuel Kant: Links
Site provides a list of links to writings by Kant, writings about Kant, and other sites related to Kant.
Important People and Discoveries in Psychology
PBS provides brief biographies and short synopses of people and events that played a significant role in the development of psychology.
International Kraepelin Society
Site provides a biography of Emil Kraepelin and a number of related links.
Jean Piaget
This article provides a brief summary of Piaget, the creator of an influential developmental theory.
John Broadus Watson and Psychology From the Standpoint of a Behaviorist
This article discusses the life of John Watson and the impact his theories had in the development of psychology.
John Broadus Watson, I-O Psychologist
This interesting article briefly reviews Watson's career and discusses his methods in the advertising world.
Karen Horney
Article provides a brief summary of Horney's life and of her theory of neurosis.
Ludwig Binswanger
Article discusses some of Binswanger's theories and existential psychology. Some topics covered are phenomenology, existence, Dasein, throwness, anxiety, guilt, death, and authenticity.
Mind and Body: Rene Descartes to William James
Site discusses Rene Descartes, mind/body dualism, the rise of experimental psychology, and early American psychology.
Otto Rank
Site provides a brief summary of Rank's theories about the hero, the artist, and life and death.
Rene Descartes
This site discusses Rene Descartes' life and summarizes the various theories he created.
Rollo May
Article provides overview of Rollo May's life and of his existential theories.
The Husserl Page
Site provides a biography of Husserl, as well as an archives and some on-line texts.
Wilhelm Wundt and William James
Article discusses Wundt, James, structuralism, voluntarism, and functionalism.
William James
Site provides links to many articles related to topics that William James theorized about.

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