Experimental psychology is an area of psychology that utilizes scientific methods to research the mind and behavior. While students are often required to take experimental psychology courses during undergraduate and graduate school, you should really think of this subject as a methodology rather than a singular area within psychology. Many of these techniques are also used by other subfields of psychology to conduct research on everything from childhood development to social issues.
What Do Experimental Psychologists Do?
Experimental psychologists work in a wide variety of settings including colleges, universities, research centers, government and private businesses. Some of these ...view middle of the document...
Stanley Hall opened the first experimental psychology lab in the United States at John Hopkins University.
* 1885 - Herman Ebbinghaus published his famous Über das Gedächtnis ("On Memory"), which was later translated to English as Memory. A Contribution to Experimental Psychology. In the work, he described his learning and memory experiments that he conducted on himself.
* 1887 - George Truball Ladd published his textbookElements of Physiological Psychology, the first American book to include a significant amount of information on experimental psychology.
* 1887 - James McKeen Cattell established the world's third experimental psychology lab at University of Pennsylvania.
* 1890 - William James published his classic textbook, The Principles of Psychology.
* 1891 - Mary Whiton Calkins established an experimental psychology lab at Wellesley College, becoming the first woman to form a psychology lab.
* 1893 - G. Stanley Hall established the American Psychological Association, the largest professional and scientific organization of psychologists in the United States.
* 1920 - John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner conducted their now famous Little AlbertExperiment, in which they demonstrated that emotional reactions could...