released the first mental patients from confinement
Philippe Pinel released the first mental patients from confinement in the first massive movement for more humane treatment of the mentally ill.
Phineas Gage suffered brain damage
Phineas Gage suffered brain damage when an iron pole pierces his brain. His personality was changed but his intellect remained intact suggesting that an area of the brain plays a role in personality.
theory of 'Survival of the fittest
Charles Darwin published the On the Origin of Species, detailing his view of evolution and expanding on the theory of 'Survival of the fittest.'
key role in language development
French physician Paul Broca discovered an area in the left frontal lobe that plays a key role in language development.
laboratory of psychology in America is established
The first laboratory of psychology in America is established at Johns Hopkins University.
beginning of personality theory.
The term "Mental Tests" was coined
The term "Mental Tests" was coined by James Cattell, beginning the specialization in psychology now known as psychological assessment.
New York State passed the State Care Act
New York State passed the State Care Act, ordering indigent mentally ill patients out of poor-houses and into state hospitals for treatment and developing the first institution in the U.S. for psychiatric research
President George W. Bush promotes legislation
The push for mental health parity gets the attention of the White House as President George W. Bush promotes legislation that would guarantee comprehensive mental health coverage
387 BC Plato suggests brain is mechanism of mental processes
Plato suggested that the brain is the mechanism of mental processes.