Friday, February 13, 2015 - 3:10pm

Professor Emeritus Roger K. Thomas Continues his Scholarly Work on the History of Psychology

September, 2011

Professor Emeritus Roger K. Thomas's article, "The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and Francis Cecil Sumner," appears in the Fall 2011 issue of the American Journal of Psychology (v. 124, pp. 355-364). Sumner, the first African American to earn a PhD in psychology (1920), met SSPP's membership requirements, and his membership should have been recognized at the 1939 meeting. However, his application raised concerns in SSPP's governing Council which delayed recognizing his membership until 1940. This and other actions of Council are considered in the context of racial segregation in America in 1939. Additionally, Thomas has been invited to present a colloquium on October 11, 2011, at the Center for History of Psychology at the University of Akron. Internationally renowned, the Center includes the most prestigious archives in the history of American Psychology. Thomas's colloquium is titled: "Shepherd Ivory Franz and Karl Spencer Lashley: An Example of Unfair Historical Recognition?" Lashley will be remembered as the 20th century's foremost experimental neuropsychologist while Franz is barely remembered in history of psychology textbooks. Yet, Franz was Lashley's mentor in the methods of experimental neuropsychology, and Franz laid the foundation for some of Lashley's best known theoretical views; these and other aspects of Franz's lack of well deserved recognition will be examined.