Preserving the History of Psychological Science

APS Convention attendees stop by the Center for the History of Psychology exhibit to take a look at Milgram’s famous “shock box.”

Cathy Faye, Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio, has a message for psychological scientists who have made significant contributions to the field:

Don’t throw away your notes, correspondence, or lab equipment!

Faye spoke on Friday, May 23, at the 25th APS Annual Convention to educate attendees about the Center’s collection of papers, photographs, recordings, moving images, and artifacts documenting the history of psychology — the largest such collection in the world.

The collection includes iconic items, such as the shock generator that Stanley Milgram used in his historic studies on obedience to authority.

The “shock box” is on display in Exhibit Hall A through Sunday at the Center for the History of Psychology booth. At the booth,  attendees can learn more about the Center, including how to get in touch with the Center if you know about materials that should be preserved and how the Center might be able to help you with your own research.


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