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Page history last edited by Chris Koch 2 years, 4 months ago
1886  Franziska Baumgarten-Tramer was born. Baumgarten-Tramer's contributions were in industrial, social, and developmental psychology. 
1894  Norbert Wiener was born. Wiener pioneered the field of cybernetics, the application of information theory to the behavioral sciences. His first studies led to the development of a system for the rapid detection of antiaircraft fire. National Medal of Science, 1964. 
1896  The 23rd case at the world's first psychological clinic began. While the clinic's first case began in March of 1896, the 23rd was the first for which a record of a complete beginning date was kept. The clinic was founded at the University of Pennsylvania by Lightner Witmer. 
1900  Edward L. Thorndike and Robert S. Woodworth reported the results of their studies of transfer of training to the New York Academy of Sciences. The studies showed that training in one skill had no effect on the performance of other skills, thus refuting the theory of formal discipline, which held that education strengthens one's general mental powers. 
1926  Stanley R. Graham was born. Graham is a private practitioner of psychotherapy active in promoting the independent status of psychologists in therapeutic settings. APA President, 1990; APA Distinguished Professional Contribution Award, 1991. 
1926  Herbert Freudenberger was born. Freudenberger has integrated psychoanalytic and psychological principles in his work. He is best known for his description of the symptoms, etiology, and therapeutic response to burnout in mental health workers. APA Presidential Citation, 1990; APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions, 1992. 
1930  Nathan Azrin was born. Azrin was one of the founders of applied behavior analysis. An early study used behavioral methods to eliminate towel hoarding in a psychotic woman. Later work applied behavioral principles to stuttering, toileting, enuresis, alcoholism, self-injurious behavior, and marital conflict. APA Distinguished Contribution for Applications in Psychology Award, 1975. 

 

 

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