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“Who’s buying all the stoves?” Mansplaining the Psychology of Modern Woman

“Who’s buying all the stoves?” Mansplaining the Psychology of Modern Woman | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
Contributed by Jodi Kearns. The third installment of the “Psychology of…” book item of the month blog series is a sound recording called “The Psychology of Modern Woman” (1970) http://collections.uakron.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15960coll18/id/3461   The Internet is abuzz with mansplaining, a word coined probably fewer than ten years ago for a phenomenon that emerged much earlier. Mansplainer and moderator Bob Hale…
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The Flaw at the Heart of Psychological Research

The Flaw at the Heart  of Psychological Research | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
The nature of the discipline makes statistics create headaches.
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A 3D-Printed 19th c. Psych Instrument – See Kirschmann’s Colour Mixer in Action!

A 3D-Printed 19th c. Psych Instrument – See Kirschmann’s Colour Mixer in Action! | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Thank you, Jacy Young, for this neat video. 

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More school, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores | Penn State University

More school, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores | Penn State University | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
More schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores during the past century, often referred to as the Flynn Effect, according to a team of researchers. These findings also suggest that environment may have a stronger influence on intelligence than many genetic determinists once thought.
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Interesting angle on the Flynn Effect, using historical data on schooling & education trends.

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The Last Amazon: Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman

The Last Amazon: Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
The New Yorker recently published a piece by Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the roots of wonder woman. Created by psychologist William Marston in the 1940s wonder woman has become something of a feminist cultural icon.
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Why Freud Still Haunts Us

Why Freud Still Haunts Us | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Interesting blog from Chronicle of Higher Ed, putting Freud in contemporary context. As long as we keep making stories of our past, Freud's work informs us.

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Does It Help to Know History?

Does It Help to Know History? | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

"What history actually shows is that nothing works out as planned, and that everything has unintentional consequences."

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A great short essay by Adam Gopnik on the general value of cultivating a historical perspective.

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Psychology Comes To Halt As Weary Researchers Say The Mind Cannot Possibly Study Itself

Psychology Comes To Halt As Weary Researchers Say The Mind Cannot Possibly Study Itself | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
NEW YORK—The field of psychology was brought to an immediate halt this week as disillusioned and weary practitioners of the discipline reportedly concluded that the mind could never possibly hope to study itself. Abandoning more than a century of cl...
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Funny piece from the Onion. Have the writers there been reading Kant?

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Replication Crisis in Psychology Research Turns Ugly and Odd

Replication Crisis in Psychology Research Turns Ugly and Odd | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

The dispute, featuring accusations of bullying and a comparison with Rosa Parks, prompts the question: Is the fuss about ego or science?

 

 

Pictured: Wundt, early believer in the value of replication.

(photo: http://ahp.apps01.yorku.ca/?tag=wundt)

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Interesting article about contemporary replication debates. It highlights the social media has come to shape how scientists communicate and disagree with each other, while examining the role of replication in the development of scientific knowledge.

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The Search for Psychology's Lost Boy - An interactive detective story

The Search for Psychology's Lost Boy - An interactive detective story | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed -- a fantastic interactive detective story, detailing historians' efforts to track down the true identity of Little Albert. It also highlights the all-too-possible influence of confirmation bias in historical research. Click on the links to see related archival documents and video footage. 

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Historian Jessica Grogan video introduction to Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychology

Historian Jessica Grogan video introduction to Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychology | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

"The expectation that our careers and personal lives should be expressions of our authentic selves, the belief that our relationships should be defined by openness and understanding, the idea that therapy can help us reach our fullest potential—these ideas have become so familiar that it's impossible to imagine our world without them." Grogan is the author of the book, Encountering America.

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Great 12 minute video introduces Abraham Maslow and emergence of humanistic psychology in 1960s cultural context. Wonderful photos and footage of Maslow (also, a short interesting clip of Harry Harlow).

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Podcast interviews with historians of psychology on all kinds of topics

Podcast interviews with historians of psychology on all kinds of topics | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Also -- This Week in the History of Psychology. Another one of Christopher Green's excellent projects.

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One of the featured interviews is with Malcolm Macmillan, who reports his surprising findings about the real facts of Phineas Gage's post-injury life.

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A Victory for Psychological Research - 10 of 13 major studies replicated

A Victory for Psychological Research - 10 of 13 major studies replicated | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

The Chronicle of Higher Education

November 25, 2013

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Motor Development - Myrtle McGraw's Twin study of Johnny and Jimmy (1930-42)

A silent movie assembled for the International Jubilee Congress of Sports Medicine, Moscow, May, 1958 Dr. Myrtle Byram McGraw (1899 - 1988) developed thi
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The Never-ending Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem

The Never-ending Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
By Michelle Moravec ~ Author's note: this is the written portion of a talk given at St. Joseph University's Art + Feminism Wikipedia editathon, February 27, 2016. Thanks to Rachael Sullivan for the invite and  Rosalba Ugliuzza for Wikipedia data culling! “Millions of the sex whose names were never known beyond the circles of their own…
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Cummings Center Blog

Cummings Center Blog | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

From the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology blog -- many great resources here, including a feature on Ruth Howard (June 25, 2015) that includes recordings of her conversation with Robert Guthrie. During their phone conversation, she corrects his habit of calling her "Mrs. Beckham" with "Please call me Dr. Ruth Howard."

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See entry on June 25, 2015 for excellent piece on Dr. Ruth Howard, one of the first African-American women to earn a PhD in psychology  (and at the U of Minnesota's Institute of Child Welfare).

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New JHBS: Intelligence Testing in India, Racism in South Africa, & More

New JHBS: Intelligence Testing in India, Racism in South Africa, & More | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
The autumn 2014 issue of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences is now online.
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Google Ngram Viewer

Google Ngram Viewer | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Hat tip to Chris Green -- Google Ngram is neat way to track mentions of people or ideas in books across time. Here is Ngram chart noting publication attention paid to 2 of my favorite mid-century women psychologists: Florence Goodenough and Lois Barclay Murphy. 

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The New History Wars

The New History Wars | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
Students need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture.

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Navigating the tension between patriotic inspiration and historical thinking, between respectful veneration and critical engagement, is an especially difficult task, made even more complicated by a marked shift in the very composition of “we the people.” This fall, whites will constitute a minority of public-school students in the United States. “Our” past is now more diverse than we once thought, whether we like it or not.

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Galton archive now online

Galton archive now online | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

"Containing a substantial number of biographical notes and images spanning several generations, the digitised collection also includes a number of letters between Galton and notable Victorian scientists, travellers, and politicians including his cousin Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker."

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Social-Psychology Researchers Are Very Liberal. Is That a Problem?

Social-Psychology Researchers Are Very Liberal. Is That a Problem? | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Ideological one-sidedness harms the quality of research, the authors of a new paper argue. They offer some suggestions for detecting and avoiding it.

 

Pictured: David Krech (1909-1977), founder of SPSSI

(Photo: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/~ucalhist/archives_exhibits/in_memoriam/catalog/krech_david.html)

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I wonder what the founders of SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) would say about this . . . They were accused of "pinkism" and investigated by the FBI in the 1930s. Gordon Allport joined but had qualms about "a slightly over-emotional tone" in early correspondence about forming the group. He wondered if this would allow the group to "pursue facts in an unbiased way." (See Ludy Benjamin's excellent book, "A History of Psychology in Letters" for its chapter on the founding of the SPSSI).

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William James on Exceptional Mental States

William James on Exceptional Mental States | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

"Eugene Taylor, whose death in January 2013 was a heavy blow to history of psychology and William James scholarship, was one of the few modern historians to fully acknowledge and try to make sense of James's by no means casual occupation with spiritualism, telepathy and other unorthodox area of inquiry."

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The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts

The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill hole with gunpowder and turned his head to check on his men. It was the last normal moment of his life. Other victims...
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Yet another visit to the Phineas Gage story . . .This time from slate.com.

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It Took A Eugenicist To Come Up With 'Moron'

It Took A Eugenicist To Come Up With 'Moron' | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
"Moron" wasn't always an insult. It was coined by a psychologist and first used as a medical term.
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Inside the Psychologist's Studio: Video interviews | APS

Inside the Psychologist's Studio: Video interviews | APS | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

APS Video Archive -- fantastic resource! Thank you to Dr. Giebenhain for suggesting this.

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Includes interviews with many legends in the field, including Jerome Bruner, above, interviewed by historian of psychology Robin Cautin.

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