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Questions tagged [history-of-psychology]

For questions about the history of the field of psychology and the cognitive sciences

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Where can I find the text of past DSM versions to visualize revision history?

I'm interested in building a data visualization to learn more about the history of the DSM. (I'm inspired by this visualization of the edit history of Darwin's "Origin of Species" by Ben Fry, as well ...
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Day and month of 1980 DSM-III publication

I cannot for the life of me find the exact date -- day, month, year -- for the original DSM-III publication. The Google Citation, Amazon info, APA page, and others only list 1980. Does anyone know? ...
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Why does SCID call itself “Structured” when by many accounts it's semi-structured?

The "S" in SCID officially stands for "Structured" as in Structured Clinical Interview for DSM. But as far as I can tell for the last three editions (5, IV and III), non-official sources (research ...
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“Give me a child…” Quote from Skinner?

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Hermann Ebbinghaus and spaced repetition algorithms

I was reading about Hermann Ebbinghaus. He became interested in experimental psychology which led him to conduct memory experiments on himself which then resulted in the publication of his book: "...
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Scientific legacy of Carl Jung (and of analytical psychology)?

In the sprit of Is there anything in Freudian psychoanalytic theory that is scientifically sound? I want to ask the same question about the works of Carl Jung, because I know even less about them. ...
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What was creativity called before the 1950s, i.e. before Guilford coined the term?

It is known that Guilford coined the term, but the concept is much older. What did people in Freud's time call it? Genius? innovation? Something else?
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What is the history of self-experimentation in cognitive science?

I am looking for a source on the history of self-experimentation in the cognitive sciences, or experimental psychology in general. I am specifically interested in knowing when it stopped being the ...
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What happened to self-administered aversion therapy (with a rubber band in particular)?

In the 1970s a great new use for the rubber band was discovered: self-administered aversion therapy. It didn't go so well in some cases, like for "obsessoinal thinking", the outcome being the opposite ...
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Who first filmed and researched unconscious synchronized movement?

I think it was in my high school sociology class, around 1980, that I learned of an anthropologist who spent three months analysing a 90 second film of a mother, father and child in a kitchen, ...
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Who was the first theorist to define a list of psychological defense mechanisms?

The obvious answer is Sigmund Freud, but was there a theorist before him who created a list of specific defense mechanisms? A defense mechanism can be defined as a method by which the mind protects ...
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Is ''The principles of psychology'' by ''William James'' outdated? [closed]

I was reading about eminent psychologists and I came across William James and a book that he has written: The Principles of Psychology. However, Wikipedia states this book is outdated: Philosopher ...
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What are the differences between Orch OR and Hartley's vibratiuncles?

Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff have a theory called Orgastrated Objective Reduction or Orch OR, and they claim this has been confirmed. The article says: "The origin of consciousness reflects ...
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When was cognitve dissonance discovered?

I am trying to understand when cognitive dissonance was first defined. Would mental health professionals have known about the concept of cognitive dissonance in 1972?
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What is the key elements that make westerners have some better characteristics over asian [closed]

I want to get your ideas or any suggestions of references (books, articles..) that I can read to help me answer this question: We all know that westerners are more open while Asian people are more ...
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What is the proper term: optical Illusions or visual illusions?

I answered the question "Why aren't optical illusions called visual illusions?" and would like to get more information to improve my answer. In doing a search on Ngram for occurrences of the ...
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Has fiction or the study of fiction ever made meaningful contributions to Psychology?

Those who study fiction often make certain claims, such as fiction allowing us to "gain depth into the human experience" and such. Psychology is the academic field which studies human behavior, and by ...
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When was statistics used in psychology research first?

I am wondering about the origin of statistics' usage in psychology. Psychology was rooted in philosophy. At that time there were no experiments and analysing the data, but I guess that there must be ...
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What are the key dates for the development of operant conditioning?

I am trying to build up a timeline of the development of operant conditioning. So far I have the following $1898$ - Thorndike performs experiments using his puzzle box of which Skinner based his work ...
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Which area of the brain was first correctly associated with a specific function?

I have read on this website that Broca's area was the first area of the brain to be associated correctly with a specific function, in that case language. But I couldn't find any other source for the ...
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Was the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction inspired by the Bible story of Noah's sons? [closed]

I'm sorry if this is off-topic, but I think the users of this SE site would be best equipped to answer it. It's a question about the historical development of an anthropological idea. If you are ...
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Is cognitive science hypothesis-based or bound to strict experiments involving statistics?

When I look at medical journal articles on Google Scholar I see a lot of stuff based on double blind placebo tests. From this, I've gathered that medicine often performs experiments. I've been in ...
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When was it recognized that thinking occurs in the brain and not in the heart?

Historically speaking, this misconception used to exist, right? Somewhat like Copernican heliocentrism, no? When (and, if you wish, how) did this folk concept regarding the biological basis of ...
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Who first used the term 'filter' in cognitive science context?

Donald Broadbent's 1958 book Perception and Communication is the oldest work I can find that makes use of this term. However, I wonder if perhaps someone else had used the term earlier, or if ...
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How is history of psychology taught around the world, and if it is not, why not?

When you study medicine in Germany, lectures on the history and ethics of medicine are an integral part of your curriculum. Many universities have a separate Institute for the History and Ethics of ...