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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

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1619 — A three-part dream by René Descartes inspired analytic geometry and the application of mathematical rationalism to other fields of knowledge.

1855 — Wilhelm Wundt received his MD degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Heidelberg. His doctoral thesis was on touch sensitivity in people with symptoms of hysteria. He subsequently placed first in the state medical board examination.

1858 — Harry Kirke Wolfe was born. Wolfe studied under Hermann Ebbinghaus and Wilhelm Wundt, earning his degree at the University of Leipzig in 1886. He established the experimental psychology laboratory at the University of Nebraska in 1889, founding a program that has produced many presidents of the APA. He was an inspirational teacher and pioneering researcher in child and educational psychology.

1859 — Edmund Clark Sanford was born. Sanford earned his degree under G. Stanley Hall at Johns Hopkins University and went with Hall to Clark University, where he supervised the psychology laboratory. He produced several studies of reaction time and wrote a widely used laboratory manual (1892). APA President, 1902.

1903 — William A. Hunt was born. Hunt was the first clinical psychologist in the U.S. Navy. He helped develop a 2-minute screening interview for navy applicants. A promoter of the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training, Hunt was a member of the first board of directors of the modern APA. APA Distinguished Professional Contribution Award, 1979.

1937 — The Indiana Psychological Association was incorporated.

1958 — The drug chlorprothixene was first administered to a human in field trials conducted in Denmark. One of the general class of thioxanthenes, it is used as an antipsychotic drug. It was marketed in Europe on March 28, 1959, and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 23, 1962, as Taractan (Hoffman-LaRoche).

1969 — The first television broadcast of the children's educational show Sesame Street was made. Sesame Street intentionally employed principles of learning and developmental psychology in its presentation of academic and social skills. Edward L. Palmer led the Sesame Street research and evaluation team.

1971 — The first meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCP) was held at St. Louis University under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. The first president was Donald I. Tepas. The SCP has traditionally met on the day preceding the meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

1980 — Peter M. Bentler and Douglas G. Bonett's article "Significance Tests and Goodness of Fit in the Analysis of Covariance Structures" was published in Psychological Bulletin.

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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