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1888 — G. Stanley Hall was offered the first presidency of Clark University. The university opened its doors on October 2, 1889. Hall's first faculty included Franz Boas, Henry H. Donaldson, Edmund C. Sanford, and William H. Burnham.

1895 — Ruth Strang was born. Strang was an early leader of the school guidance movement and was especially influential in the 1950s and 1960s. Two areas of special interest in the schools were giftedness and reading research. Her Educational Guidance: Its Principles and Practice (1947) and A Psychology of Adolescence (1957) are books that reflect her interests.

1914 — Speaking to the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society, E. B. Titchener delivered his assessment of behaviorism: "Elementary, my dear Watson!"

1933 — Florence L. Geis was born. Geis's early work with Richard Christie, defining the Machiavellian personality style, received widespread attention. Most of her career, however, was devoted to excellence in research and instruction in gender bias. Geis was the first woman psychology faculty member at the University of Delaware.

1935 — The Psychological Index board of editors voted to discontinue publication of its bibliographic list of psychological literature with the June 1936 issue. The more comprehensive Psychological Abstracts, begun in 1927, had grown to become the principal guide to psychological literature.

1935 — Emanuel Donchin was born. Donchin has played a major role in the emergence of cognitive psychophysiology with studies of event-related evoked brain potentials, such as the P-300 wave, which are related to meaningfulness, decision making, memory processes, and mental preparation. American Psychological Society William James Fellow, 1991.

1963 — John H. Flavell's book The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget was published.

1967 — Entered this day in B. F. Skinner's notebook: "Strange to say, I am an Emersonian, a Thoreauvian. I want what they wanted. But I want it as part of a successful conception of human behavior. Maybe Walden Two was an apter title than I knew."

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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