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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

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1857 — Henry H. Donaldson was born. Donaldson was a prominent neurologist whose thorough studies of the brain were published as a book, The Brain, in 1895. At the Wistar Institute, Donaldson introduced the albino rat as an experimental subject and developed the Wistar rat strain later used in many psychological studies.

1896 — The New York legislature passed the first act establishing a state psychiatric institute. Ira van Gieson was the first director.

1912 — Samuel B. Kutash was born. Kutash's interests were in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and criminal behavior. He was a leader in the development of professional schools of psychology, helping to found the New Jersey School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the first independent, but university-related, program at Rutgers University (1974).

1956 — The organizational meeting of the South Dakota Psychological Association was held in Aberdeen for the purpose of drafting a constitution, electing officers, and appointing committees.

1986 — Susan Folkman, Richard S. Lazarus, Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Anita DeLongis, and Rand J. Gruen's article "Dynamics of a Stressful Encounter: Cognitive Appraisal, Coping, and Encounter Outcomes" was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

1986 — Paul D. Sweeney, Karen Anderson, and Scott Bailey's article "Attributional Style in Depression: A Meta-Analytic Review" was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The attribution of negative events to internal, stable, and global causes was found to be associated with depression.

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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