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Spain, Psychology in

  1. JosÉ M. Prieto1,
  2. Ricardo D. Blasco2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0930

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Prieto, J. M. and Blasco, R. D. 2010. Spain, Psychology in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Madrid

  2. 2

    University of Barcelona

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The first chair of experimental psychology in Spain was created at the Complutense University of Madrid in 1900, followed by another in advanced psychology in 1923. This university led a postgraduate program that continued until the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), when many professors and researchers on psychology went into exile. In 1952, new chairs were appointed in Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, and the Spanish Psychological Society (SPS) was founded. In 1953, institutes of applied psychology emerged as state agencies.


  • cross-cultural psychology;
  • international psychology;
  • psychology abroad;
  • spain