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February 2 Psychology History

Important Psychology Events for February 2

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The history of psychology is filled with famous people and significant events. Learn more about psychology by exploring some of the important things that took place on this day in psychology history.

1859 - Henry Havelock Ellis Was Born

Ellis was a British physician who was one of the first to objectively study sex. He is known for introducing the concepts of narcissism and auto-eroticism, two terms later used by Sigmund Freud.

1903 - Karl Ducker Was Born

Ducker was a Gestalt psychologist. He is known for introducing the concept of functional fixedness, an obstacle in problem-solving in which people tend to view problems only in their customary manner. Functional fixedness prevents people from fully seeing all of the different options that might be available to find a solution. Ducker emigrated to the U.S. and worked as an assistant for Wolfgang Kohler before committing suicide at the age of 37.

1931 - Edward L. Thorndike Published 'Human Learning'

Edward Thorndike was an American psychologist best-known for his work on animal behavior and the learning process. His work served as an important influence for the field that is today known as educational psychology.

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