Lectures and Panels

The CCHP hosts seminars, lectures, and panel discussions featuring eminent voices within psychology and the related human sciences.

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Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology

This lecture series honors Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., an outstanding teacher, scholar, and researcher, whose work has contributed significantly to our understanding of psychology and its history.

The annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology is hosted by the CCHP each year in May.

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Dr. David G. Myers: "Teaching Psychological Science in a Post-Truth Age"

Dr. David G. Myers of Hope College reflects on the "post-truth era," alternative facts, and how psychological science can aid in understanding the modern world.

Length: 50 minutes

Originally recorded: 2018

Dr. Keith Humphreys: "Alcoholics Anonymous and Psychology: A Long and Winding Road"

Dr. Keith Humphreys of Stanford University and the Veterans Health Administration discusses the history and practices of Alcoholics Anonymous and the application of these practices to the field of psychology.

Length: 76 minutes

Originally recorded: 2017

Dr. Scott Lilienfeld: "How the Rest of the World See Us: The Mixed Perception of Psychological Science in the Public Eye"

Dr. Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University discusses public and student skepticism of psychology as a science, the importance of public doubts, and recommendations for the field moving forward.

Length: 73 minutes

Originally recorded: 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus: "A Life in Memory"

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine discusses her life, her research on the fallibility of memory, and the nature of memory formation and retrieval.

Length: 46 minutes

Originally recorded: 2015

Dr. Andrew Winston: "The Explication of Evil: Psychologists and the Holocaust, 1945-1955"

Dr. Andrew Winston of the University of Guelph describes how a few psychologists addressed Nazi concentration camps and mass murder in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the overall silence of mainstream psychology regarding these events.

Length: 51 minutes

Originally recorded: May 12, 2014

Dr. Henry "Roddy" Roediger: "Riddles of History: Sir Frederic Bartlett's Contributions to Memory Research and their Curious Reception"

Dr. Henry "Roddy" Roediger of Washington University discusses the life of Sir Frederic Bartlett and his legacy in the field of memory research.

Length: 57 minutes

Originally recorded: May 6, 2013

Other Lectures and Panels

Student Talks: Erika Fromm & the Black Student Psychological Association

Graduate students in The University of Akron's History of Psychology course present two talks based on their research in the Archives of the History of American Psychology. Montana Drawbaugh and Hannah LaMack present on the life and work of Erika Fromm, while Sianne Alexis, Auriel Jasper-Morris, and Audrey Tesi share a history of the Black Student Psychological Association.

Length: 64 minutes

Originally recorded: November 30, 2021

Psychology in New York: Its Fascinating History

Since 1879, why has no city on earth had a greater impact on the science and practice of psychology than New York? Psychologist Harold Takooshian addresses this question and provides an illustrated tour of the remarkable sweep of psychology in New York, including its people, places, and events.

Length: 54 minutes

Originally recorded: September 29, 2021

Panel: Current Topics in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Mental Health

This panel discussion covers the current relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and mental health fields—what has changed since the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the DSM-II, and how can we better serve LGBTQ+ communities?

Length: 60 minutes

Originally recorded: October 8, 2020

Dr. Philip Zimbardo: "My Journey from Creating Evil to Inspiring Heroism"

In this presentation, Dr. Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment discusses the psychology of evil and heroism.

Length: 90 minutes

Originally recorded: October 5, 2015

Dr. Roger Smith: "Science Encounters the Humanities: History of Kinaesthesia/Touch and Metaphors of Feeling"

Dr. Roger Smith explores the history of scientific research on kinaesthesia/touch alongside metaphors of 'touching' (as 'I'm touched by your kindness') to illustrate the interconnections between sciences and humanities within psychology.

Length: 52 minutes

Originally recorded: 2014

Dr. James Lamiell: "William Stern (1871-1938) and the Origin Myth of Differential Psychology"

Dr. James Lamiell talks about the origin myth of William Stern as the father of differential psychology, as well as the evolution of the field over the 20th century.

Length: 61 minutes

Originally recorded: October 25, 2011

Measuring Minds: Instrumentation and Apparatus in the History of Psychology

Historians of psychology Dr. Ryan D. Tweney and Dr. Rand Evans discuss the rise of instruments and apparatus in the early history of American psychology, focusing on the importance of instruments during this period and the ways in which they changed the field.

Length: 141 minutes

Originally recorded: 2008

Dr. OJ Harvey on the Robbers Cave Experiment

In this colloquium, Dr. OJ Harvey, a student and collaborator of Muzafer Sherif, talks about Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif, their Robbers Cave Experiment on intergroup competition, and his participation in its design and completion.

Length: 59 minutes

Originally recorded: 2006