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More History of Psychology on Flickr

Following up on yesterday’s post regarding the “discovery” of the only known image of Phineas Gage on the online photo site Flickr:

Jack and Beverly Wilgus, the owners of the Gage photo, have a number of other Psychology-related items in their online album: “Flint the Mesmerist” and his hynotized daughter (the Wilgus’ also host a Flint the Mesmerist website complete with links to posters you can be – see poster 1 and poster 2), a couple of images of phrenology heads (image 1, image 2), and a physniotrace with explanation of the photographic process (which is particularly interesting in relation to Objectivity and its descriptions of various imaging technologies).

Of course, there are a vast number of history of psychology related images both on Flickr and other online image databases. For instance, as AHP announced earlier this year, the Archives for the History of American Psychology continues to post images of their apparatus collection, media collection, books and manuscripts collection, events at the archives, and images taking you inside the archives.

Here’s a selection of other “Psychology on Flickr” images you might enjoy on a Friday afternoon:

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Kantor Fellowship Deadline Looms

J. R. Kantor lecturingThe J.R. Kantor fellowship is intended to assist in research at the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) at the University of Akron in Ohio. It provides $1000 to help defray travel and accommodation costs. Here is what the AHAP website says about the award:

Kantor Fellowship Application: Download the J.R. Kantor Research Fellowship application. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2009. Call 330-972-7285 or email for further information. This Fellowship honors the memory of Jacob Robert Kantor (1888-1984) and his interest in the history of psychology. Professor Kantor sought to organize scientific values into a coherent framework by replacing mentalistic concepts with those derived from naturalistic observations. These priorities suggest that proposals might deal with the history of various versions of behaviorism, as well as with subjects such as instinct, intelligence, language, or memory; but proposals are welcome on any topic relating to the evolution of scientific psychology.

Although it says the deadline is June 15th here, in a recent e-mail to the Cheiron list, AHAP’s director, David Baker, said that the deadline was June 26th. I am currently seeking to confirm that date.

UPDATE: Yes, David Baker confirms that the deadline has been extended to June 26.

AHAP Posts Photos on Flickr

John Bean & David BakerThe Archives for the History of American Psychology (U. Akron, OH) have begun to post selected photographs from their extensive collection on the popular website Flickr. AHAP “Media Guy” John Bean tells me that they currently have about 120 photos online, spread across 5 albums. There will be updates every Friday for various collections, and there will be a special emphasis instrument & apparatus pertaining to the topic of vision for the first few months. Later, they will add more “behind the scenes” photos, past newspaper and magazine articles, and scans of correspondence and book inscriptions.

To the left here, you can seen John in his best Mad Scientist getup, giving AHAP director David Baker a phrenological checkup on the rare and mysterious Psycograph (or Psycograph or Psycograph).

AHAP conference on Mental Health Care

AHAPRegistration is now open for the “Mental Health Care in America: Past, Present and Future” conference being hosted by David Baker at the Archives of the History of American Psychology.

The past century has witnessed substantial changes in mental health care in America.  In 1909 Clifford Beers founded the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and Sigmund Freud made his only trip to America, fostering the spread of psychoanalysis.  Forty years later, in 1949, the National Institute of Mental Health was established. In the span of 100 years mental health in America has unfolded against a backdrop of social, political, and economic changes. This two-day conference brings together leading experts in the field to examine where we have been, where we are, and to speculate on where we are going.

David BakerThe program includes invited talks by Ludy Benjamin and Gerald Grob.  In a recent email sent to the members of the Society for the History of Psychology, Baker (pictured right) explained the details as follows:

The event will take place on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2009 at the University of Akron.  We have assembled an outstanding group of scholars and leaders in mental health policy, practice, advocacy, and history. This conference is made possible with the generous support of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.

Those interested in attending can register here.