Spring 2016 Week 1 Blog Prompts: History of Psychology

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Regardless of which prompt you choose, please use the Tag “History of Psychology” on your post. Here are the prompts for this week:

  1. The history of psychology in your textbook is overwhelmingly about male figures. Yet women made important contributions even early in psychology’s history. The website Psychology’s Feminist Voices documents the contributions and milestones of women in psychology. Using this page on their site, select one of the women who received her PhD before 1950 and provide an overview of her career. Make sure to list your sources at the end of your post.
  2. While you may not have personal ties to psychology’s history just yet, your birthday probably does. The website Today in the History of Psychology is sponsored by the American Psychological Association and allows you to input your birthday (day and month, not year) and see events related to psychology that happened on that day. Choose something listed for your birthday and write a post giving information you found about it (list your sources) .
  3. When we talk about historical figures in psychology, it is a good idea to read their actual works in addition to interpretations and summaries of their contributions. The website Classics in the History of Psychology has numerous documents from the “giants” of the field. Choose someone mentioned in Chapter 1 of the textbook and read a document he or she authored. Summarize what you read as best you can (you may not be able to follow all of it, that’s okay), and describe whether or not that lines up with what is in the textbook. If it doesn’t, why do you think that is?

I look forward to seeing what you write!

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