Noted for: Personality Trait Theory, research on prejudice and discrimination
Gordon Willard Allport spent nearly his entire… Read more about Gordon W. Allport
Noted for: the first major history of psychology, visual perception research
Edwin Garrigues “Gary” Boring was an experimental… Read more about Edwin G. Boring
Noted for: the modern science of language acquisition; word learning; language and thought; power and solidarity in language; the “tip of the… Read more about Roger Brown
Noted for: the “Cognitive Revolution,” the “new look” in perception; “A Study of Thinking;" research on children’s cognitive development and its… Read more about Jerome Bruner
Noted for: Paired-associate learning paradigm in memory research; first female president of the American Psychological… Read more about Mary Whiton Calkins
Noted for: factor analysis of personality; models of the factorial structure of personality and intelligence; “fluid” versus “crystallized”… Read more about Raymond Cattell
Noted for: Psychosocial theory of human development; “the identity crisis”; psychobiography.
Erik Erikson’s relationship… Read more about Erik Erikson
Noted for: The “Matching Law” of the allocation of behavior; the training of complex visual concepts in pigeons; intelligence and class structure… Read more about Richard J Herrnstein
William James, philosopher and psychologist, was instrumental in establishing Harvard's psychology department, which at its inception was tied to the… Read more about William James
Noted for: The search for the “engram”; representation and processing in the mammalian cerebral cortex; localization and mass action in the brain;… Read more about Karl Lashley
Noted for: the effects of psychotropic drugs; the 1960s counterculture
One of the stranger claims to fame of the Department… Read more about Timothy Leary
Noted for: Research in child development and family dynamics; the first comprehensive empirical survey of gender differences.
… Read more about Eleanor Maccoby
Noted for: Human achievement and motivation research; “Need for Achievement” motive.
An expert in human motivation, David… Read more about David McClelland
Noted for: Obedience to authority; social networks; the “small world” effect; “six degrees of separation”).
In 1954 Harvard’s… Read more about Stanley Milgram
Noted for: The Cognitive Revolution; helping to found the fields of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience; “The… Read more about George Miller
Noted for: Pioneering applied psychology in industry, law, medicine, and education
Hugo Münsterberg came to Harvard in 1892 with a… Read more about Hugo Münsterberg
Noted for: Personality research
Henry A. Murray completed his undergraduate studies in history at Harvard in 1915. More than a… Read more about Henry Murray
Noted for: advocacy of behaviorism and its application to all aspects of psychology and life; schedules of reinforcement; programmed learning.… Read more about B. F. Skinner
Noted for: The Power Law; magnitude estimation techniques; psychophysical scaling; measurement theory
In 1934 Stanley Smith Stevens… Read more about S. S. Stevens
The only Nobel Prize awarded to a scientist for work in the Department of Psychology at Harvard went to a biophysicist who had spent much of his early… Read more about Georg von Békésy