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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

On November 15:

1853 — The Asylum Journal of Mental Science, a publication of the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane, was first published. John C. Bucknill was the editor of this British journal. The title was later changed to the Journal of Mental Science

1889 — The first of a series of articles by Joseph Delboeuf appeared in Revue de Belgique, describing Pierre Janet's use of hypnosis to remove hysterical symptoms. The articles might have influenced Freud's treatment of "Emmy von N."

1905 — E. Lowell Kelly was born. Kelly's interests included clinical psychology, longitudinal studies of adult personality, marital compatibility, personality assessment, and training. APA President, 1955; American Psychological Foundation Psychological Professional Gold Medal Award, 1985.

1916 — The National Research Council created its Committee on Psychology for the purposes of war preparedness in 1916. Anthropology was added in 1919.

1949 — Donald O. Hebb's book The Organization of Behavior: A Neuropsychological Theory was published.

1963 — The drug Valium (diazepam, Hoffman-LaRoche) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine and is used as an antianxiety agent and as a sedative. At one time, Valium was the most frequently prescribed medication in the United States. Undesirable sideeffects and the potential for abuse have moderated its use.

1965 — The Archives of the History of American Psychology was founded at the University of Akron. The university's board of directors endorsed and funded the archives and appointed John A. Popplestone the director of the collection.

1971 — Daniel Berlyne's book Aesthetics and Psychobiology was published.

1982 — Ellen Winner's book The Experimental Psychology of Beauty was published.

1982 — The drug Halcion (triazolam; Upjohn) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Triazolam is a benzodiazepine used as an antianxiety agent and as a sedative.

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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