Understanding Psychology

Chapter 21: Psychology: Present and Future

Student Web Activites

"Psychologist of the Century"

Imagine that the American Psychological Association (APA) is requesting that psychology students submit nominations for the association's very first "Psychologist of the Century" award. For more than 100 years, the science of psychology has been helping us understand our world and others by giving us reasons for behavior. Psychologists have made contributions that have improved our lives and their theories continue to inspire further research. The APA is asking students to nominate the psychologist who has made the most significant contribution to society and most improved humankind's quality of life. Visit these Web sites o collect data on the contributions of your nominee.

Web sites
Classics in the History of Psychology
A long list of psychology authors is provided at this Web site. Read through the articles to see the research each accomplished.

Famous Psychologists
Research the history and background of each psychologist listed at this Web site.

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Using your research, write a letter to the APA nominating committee arguing for the selection of your candidate to be "Psychologist of the Century." Make sure your letter convinces the committee of the ways in which your candidate's work has enhanced our lives.

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