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This Week in Psychology History: March 9-15

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideMarch 9, 2008

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March 9 - In 1758, Franz Joseph Gall was born. Gall developed phrenology, which suggested that personality traits were related to the shape of the head. While phrenology is dismissed as a psuedoscience today, it actually had an important impact on modern neuroscience by inspiring research on brain localization.

March 10 - In 1937, B.F. Skinner became a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

March 12 - In 1986, the journal Psychology and Aging was first published. The journal, published by the American Psychological Association, offers articles and research on adult development and aging.

March 13 - In 1964, Kitty Genovese was murdered outside her apartment in New York City. Despite the presence of nearly 30 witnesses, none tried to assist her. Her death led to numerous studies on the bystander effect.

March 15 - In 1938, Sigmund Freud's home in Vienna was taken over by Nazis. Freud was interrogated by the Gestapo and many of his books from his home and the Vienna library were later burned. Freud later escaped to London, but all four of his elderly sisters were killed in Nazi concentration camps.

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