Young scientists sneak a peak at Society's new 'Origins' project

Scientists of the future have this week, been learning about the Society’s new ‘Origins’ project, which explores the evolution and impact of psychology.

Delegates at The Big Bang Fair, which expects to attract 35,000 delegates and takes place at The NEC in Birmingham until 17 March 2012, have been catching a glimpse of the web-based, multimedia timeline which shows how psychology has developed and contributed to today’s society.

‘Origins’ begins in the 1840s, with Phineas Gage who survived significant injuries when an iron bar was driven through his head in an explosion, and ends at the turn of the century, during the age of the computer.

Along the way users will learn about the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species in 1859, intelligence testing in 1904, Harry Harlow’s The Nature of Love in 1958, and Philip Zimbardo’s controversial Stanford Prison experiment in 1971.

A preview video of 'Origins' is now on YouTube. You can also find out more about the project, ahead of its official launch at the Society’s Annual Conference 2012 which takes place in London from 18 – 20 April, via the project's webpages.

For more about the history of psychology visit the History of Psychology Centre’s webpages.