EPOCH Psychology history timeline
EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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EPOCH Psychology history timeline

Activity 2: Using the biographies

Even if you have not studied psychology before, you may well have heard of Sigmund Freud. Use his biography to answer the following questions.


Biographies contain information about individual psychologists. Some descriptions are longer than others – in the case of Sigmund Freud the biography is extensive. You may find it helpful to read the entire text first before attempting to answer the questions in this activity. Figure 5 shows an example of Simon Baron Cohen's biography.

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Figure 5 An example of biography details in the EPoCH resource

You'll notice also that when the EPoCH resource is open an alphabetical list of psychologists and researchers also appears on the left hand side of the resource. You can click on the map icon next to their name at any time to explore their biographical details further. See Figure 6 to see part of the list.

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Figure 6 An excerpt from the psychologist and researchers list

In addition if you click on the plus sign to the left of thehelp icon you'll reveal all the connections (in EPoCH) to that person – often this can be a very comprehensive list. To hide the list click on the minus sign adjacent to the map icon.

When you are ready to answer the activity questions and explore the EPoCH resource: Click here to access the EPoCH resource [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Activity 2

  1. Who did Freud influence?

  2. What perspective is associated with Freud's work?

  3. Who impressed Freud?

  4. With whom did Freud publish Studies in Hysteria?

  5. Who offered Freud $25,000 or ‘anything he cared to name’ and why?

You can compare your findings with the following answers by clicking 'Now read the answer' below.


  1. Lots of people, to name the first few: Mary Ainsworth, Michael Billig, John Bowlby, Martin Conway and Erik Erikson

  2. Psychoanalytic

  3. Charcot

  4. Josef Breuer

  5. The Chicago Tribune to psychoanalyse two murderers who had caught the headlines in the USA


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