Fritsch & Hitzig

March 17, 2009

Working in their own laboratory, two German physicians, Gustav Fritsch (1838-1927) and Edward Hitzig (1838-1907), discovered the motor cortex of the brain. Specifically, they found that electrical stimulation of particular areas resulted in muscle movement. If they stimulated a particular spot on the left side of a dog’s brain, its right leg would move.

Noam Chomsky

March 5, 2009

Although he is primarily a linguist, Noam Chomsky’s impact on psychology has been immense. In his scathing review of Skinner’s book Verbal Behavior, Chomsky calls psychology to task for its oversimplification of language and its acquisition. [Read more]