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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries


On September 29:

1865 — Frederick Batten was born. Batten identified a syndrome of progressive intellectual deterioration and physical symptoms that now bears his name. He has been called the "father of pediatric neurology."

1877 — Naomi Norsworthy was born. Norsworthy was one of the first psychologists to be involved with the mental testing movement, especially as applied to the assessment of children with mental deficiencies. She was the first woman graduate student at Columbia University.

1884 — James McKeen Cattell brought a Remington Model 4 typewriter to Leipzig. Wilhelm Wundt, fascinated, obtained one for himself and increased his already prodigious scholarly output.

1890 — The Library of Congress received its two copies of the first volume of William James's Principles of Psychology.

1895 — Joseph Banks Rhine was born. Rhine mounted a sustained attempt to raise psychical research to scientific standards. His research on extrasensory perception was widely known and always a topic of controversy.

1911 — Karl Lashley applied for admission to the graduate program in zoology at Johns Hopkins University. Lashley came in contact with zoologist Herbert S. Jennings and psychologist John B. Watson at Johns Hopkins, giving impetus to his interest in comparative psychology.

1958 — Joseph V. Brady's article "Ulcers in Executive Monkeys" was published on this day in Scientific American.

1963 — The APA's Focus on Behavior series began on National Educational Television. The series was narrated by APA Executive Officer John Darley, and the first show was "The Conscience of a Child."

1986 — The drug BuSpar (buspirone; Bristol Myers) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Buspirone is a nonbarbiturate, nonbenzodiazepine antianxiety medication. Its mechanism is unknown, but it has affinity for serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain. It appears to be less sedating and less addictive than benzodiazepines and barbiturates.

1989 — The land was purchased for the new APA headquarters building at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC.


Copyright © 1995, American Psychological Association. Web version by permission. Source: Street, W. R. (1994). A Chronology of Noteworthy Events in American Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association and Central Washington University have supported the development of the APA Historical Database.

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