Historical Faculty

George Armitage Miller speaking at the first APS convention in 1989 (Image Source: Association for Psychological Science Annual Meeting, 1989)
George Armitage Miller speaking at the first APS convention in 1989 (Image Source: Association for Psychological Science Annual Meeting, 1989)

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 (Image Source: The Bookman.1907, p. 576)
Hugo Münsterberg (Image Source: The Bookman, 1907, p.576)

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 (Image Credit: Harvard University Archives)
Henry Murray (Image Credit: Harvard University Archives)

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 (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
B.F. Skinner (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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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Stanley Smith Stevens (Image Source: Fairchild M.D. (2016) Stevens, Stanley Smith. In: Luo M.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8071-7_314)
Stanley Smith Stevens (Image Source: Fairchild M.D. (2016) Stevens, Stanley Smith. In: Luo M.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8071-7_314)

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, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1961 (Image Credit: The Nobel Foundation)
Georg von Békésy, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1961 (Image Credit: The Nobel Foundation)

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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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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