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1857  Joseph François Félix Babinski was born. Babinski was a French neurologist who discovered several reflexive signs for diagnosing impairment of the central nervous system. The Babinski reflex of the toes in infants is often used in introductory psychology texts as an example of an innate reflex that disappears with growth of the nervous system. 
1900  The College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) was founded. The tests of the CEEB have been intended to provide objective measurements of academic aptitude. 
1932  As a 28-year-old graduate student, B. F. Skinner wrote his plan of career goals for ages 30-60: (a) Publish experimental descriptions of behavior, (b) promote behaviorism and operational definitions of psychological constructs, (c) develop a scientific theory of knowledge, and (d) develop a nonscientific theory of knowledge. 
1956 Warren H. Meck was born on this date. Meck earned his PhD at Brown University and spent his academic career at Columbia University (1985-1994) and Duke University (1995-2020). He studied the mechanisms involved in human and animal time processing. Meck argued that estimates of time intervals involved a clock process that included an initial pacemaker, a switch (output), and an accumulator (store). A longer biography of Warren Meck can be found on the FABBS site.
1977  The Parent Interview Kit for the System of Multicultural Pluralistic Assessment (SOMPA) was published. Jane R. Mercer was the author of the SOMPA. 
1979  The first meeting of the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Steering Committee was held at the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training, the first central office of the division. Reuben Fine was president of the division at this first meeting. 
1981  Howard Gardner became the first psychologist to win a MacArthur Prize Fellows award. The awards are made to secretly nominated individuals of exceptional talent and carry no reporting or productivity requirements. Gardner was a Boston University developmental psychologist and neurologist whose Project Zero studied the nature of creativity and its development. 
1982  Howard Gardner's book Art, Mind, and Brain was published. 

 

 

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