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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

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1788 — Sir William Hamilton, the Scottish philosopher, was born. Hamilton's concept of redintegration accounted for memory of associated events.

1883 — The first formal psychology research laboratory in the United States was founded. The trustees of Johns Hopkins University allocated $250 for space and equipment for G. Stanley Hall's use. Interestingly, campus politics led the trustees to prohibit Hall from adopting the title laboratory for the facility.

1947 — Michael J. Saks was born. Saks has successfully brought the logic of psychological research methods, principles of statistical analysis, and studies of psychosocial assumptions to bear on a wide range of legal and public policy concerns. APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, 1987.

1948 — The first list of APA-approved programs in clinical psychology, based on site visits and published criteria, was selected by a committee meeting in Chicago and headed by David Shakow. Thirty-six graduate schools were on this first list.

1967 — James D. Thompson's book Organizations in Action: Social Science Bases of Administrative Theory was published.

1967 — The first meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) was held at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Arthur T. Slater-Hammel was the first president of NASPSPA. Early meetings of the organization were held in conjunction with those of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

1971 — In Griggs v. Duke Power Co., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the irrelevant use of intelligence tests as employment screening instruments constituted racial discrimination and was unconstitutional.

1990 — Daniel L. Schacter, Lynn A. Cooper, and Suzanne M. Delaney's article "Implicit Memory for Unfamiliar Objects Depends on Access to Structural Descriptions" was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. The article was frequently cited in other publications.

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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