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American Psychological Association

  1. Wade E. Pickren

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0046

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Pickren, W. E. 2010. American Psychological Association. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Ryerson University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In July 1892, G. Stanley Hall (1844–1924) met with a small group of men to discuss the possibility of organizing a psychological association. Hall and the group elected 31 individuals, including themselves, to membership, naming Hall as the first president. In organizing a disciplinary society, psychologists were following the lead of new scholarly and scientific disciplines like physiology, political science, and history. This was the time in America's history when many of the disciplines were establishing their identity and defining themselves. This was part of a reorganization of American knowledge production, reflecting a division of intellectual labor similar to the division of manufactory labor. Like its fellow disciplines, the new psychology grew and prospered as it responded to the needs of American society.