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1832 — William Ireland was born. Ireland wrote the first well-organized and medically oriented text on mental retardation, On Idiocy and Imbecility.

1866 — Smith Ely Jelliffe was born. Jelliffe was managing editor of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease from 1902 to 1945 and of the Psychoanalytic Review from 1913 to 1945. He was actively associated with the early establishment of Freud's views in American medical psychology. He created the term psychosomatic medicine and contributed extensively to this field.

1891 — The first of William James's Talks to Teachers was delivered at noon in the Upper Dane Hall Laboratory of Harvard University. There were 10 lectures in this series, sponsored by the Department of Pedagogy. The lecture series was repeated around the United States during the ensuing years and was published as a book in 1899.

1924 — Sigmund Freud appeared on the cover of Time magazine for the first time.

1932 — Sir Charles Sherrington and Edgar Adrian won the Nobel prize for their studies of the physiology of the neuron.

1949 — Walter R. Hess won the Nobel prize for his research on the functions of the midbrain.

1962 — The Psychological Association of Alberta and the Psychologists Association of Alberta merged to become the Psychologists Association of Alberta. A. J. B. Hough was the president of the combined organization.

1969 — University of California, Berkeley, student Prosenjit Poddar killed his former girlfriend Tatiana Tarasoff. Because Poddar had told his psychotherapist of his intentions, the California Supreme Court eventually decided that the therapist had an obligation to warn Tarasoff. The case had far-reaching implications for client-therapist relations.

1971 — The first meeting of the Society for Neuroscience was held in Washington, DC. Psychologist Neal Miller was president at this first meeting.

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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