Historical Faculty

George Armitage Miller

George Armitage Miller

Father of the Cognitive Revolution
Cognitive Psychology, Psycholinguistics, and Cognitive Neuroscience

“My problem is that I have been persecuted by an integer.” So began perhaps the most famous paper in the history of experimental psychology. The Harvard...

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Hugo Münsterberg

Hugo Münsterberg

Pioneer of Applied Psychology in Industrym Law, Medicine and Education

Hugo Münsterberg came to Harvard in 1892 with a doctorate in psychology, earned under the supervision of Wilhelm Wundt at the University of Leipzig, and a...

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Henry Murray

Henry Murray

Personality Research

Henry A. Murray completed his undergraduate studies in history at Harvard in 1915.  More than a decade later, with graduate degrees in medicine and...

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B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner

Advocacy of Behaviorism and its Application to Psychology and Life
Operant Conditioning and the Law of Effect

“To say that a reinforcement is contingent upon a response may mean nothing more than that it follows the response. It may follow because of some...

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 S. S. Stevens

S. S. Stevens

The Power Law
Psychophysical Scaling and Measurement Theory

In 1934 Stanley Smith Stevens received his Ph.D. from the newly independent psychology department at Harvard, and two years later accepted a position as...

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Georg von Békésy

Georg von Békésy

Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory
Nobel Prize lecture (1961) for work in the Department of Psychology

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...

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Robert Winthrop White

Personality and Motivation for Competence
Effects of Personality on Political Opinions
Robert White earned his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1925 from Harvard College, and a Masters in American History in 1926 from Harvard.... Read more about Robert Winthrop White