Historical Faculty

George Armitage Miller

George Armitage Miller

(1920-2012)
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

(1863-1916)
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

(1893-1988)
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

(1904-1990)
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

(1906-1973)
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

(1899-1972)
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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White

Robert Winthrop White

(1904-2001)
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

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