Psychology at Iowa: Centennial Essays

Psychology at Iowa: Centennial Essays

Psychology at Iowa: Centennial Essays

Psychology at Iowa: Centennial Essays

Synopsis

After tracing the history of psychology at Iowa, the contributors reflect on the institution's leadership role in the development of the discipline, describe its long tradition of significant theoretical and empirical contributions to major areas in the field, and profile some of its most important intellectual leaders.

Excerpt

This volume is an outgrowth of and indeed the final chapter of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of psychology at the University of Iowa. On October 20- 22 in 1988, the Department of Psychology hosted a grand event in celebration of the teaching of the first psychology courses at Iowa in the Fall of 1887 by George T. W. Patrick, newly arrived Professor of Mental and Moral Science and Didactics. Professor Patrick immediately began teaching Elementary Psychology and Experimental Psychology (with laboratory) among the seven (!) different courses he offered during his first year. He also began the development of one of the very earliest psychological laboratories in the United States.

The Centennial Celebration was attended by several hundred alumni and former faculty members of the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Child Behavior and Development (formerly the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station), regional and local faculty members and students, members of the Iowa Psychological Association and the Iowa School Psychologists Association, and many friends. the celebration was a joyous 3-day affair consisting of a mixture of serious scholarship, thought-provoking discussions, reminiscences, renewal of old friendships, and lots of laughter. Many of our distinguished alumni and former faculty members gave talks and participated in discussion panels. the speakers presented their views of the history of Iowa psychology in the context of retrospective and prospective views of their own areas. the discussion panels, representing each of the more recent decades in our history, described the major issues of their day and recounted unforgettable happenings and personalities.

It will be evident to the reader that many of the papers presented herein are based on the talks given at the celebration. I hope that the reader will not only learn the facts about Iowa's long and distinguished history of contributions to . . .

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