Online Exhibits

Learn more about key topics in the history of psychology through original documents, videos, and audio from the collections of the Archives for the History of American Psychology. Each exhibit also includes classroom teaching resources such as scavenger hunts and discussion activities for high school and college level students and educators.

Materials included in each exhibit, including films, audio, and archival documents are intended for educational use. These materials may not be reproduced.

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Upcoming Exhibits

Text reading Make Something New over an artistic representation of the human brainMake Something New: Creativity and Artistic Expression in Psychology

What does creativity mean to you? Coming Summer 2021, Make Something New: Creativity and Artistic Expression in Psychology explores theories and tests of creativity throughout the history of psychology, alongside the creative works of psychology's famous figures.


Image of famous figures in LGBTQ historyA Clockwork Lavender: Sexology, Psychology, and the LGBTQ+ Community

Explore scientific understandings about sexual orientation and gender identity over the course of the 20th century through the researchers and activists whose work had a profound impact on the lives of countless LGBTQ+ individuals. From the criminalization and censorship of LGBTQ+ identity to the liberation movements of the 1970s, this exhibit inspects the relationship between science, activism, and social change.

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Student Activities | Teacher's Guide


Cover pages of the Belmont Report and National Research ActBefore Belmont: Ethics in Experimental Psychology

In 1979, following a series of high-profile controversies, the Belmont Report provided ethical guidance for the study of human subjects in the United States. View these key ethical principles through the 20th century medical and psychological experiments that tested and redefined their boundaries.

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Student Activities | Teacher's Guide


Exploring Heredity - WebsiteExploring Heredity: Race, Eugenics, and the History of Intelligence Testing

Examine the history of intelligence testing in psychology, including its connections to World War I, United States immigration policy, and the eugenics movement. Learn more about this controversial history through original documents, films, and photographs

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Smithsonian Learning Lab is a collaborative platform for discovery, creation, and sharing. Guided by a desire to create authentic, meaningful, and personalized learning experiences, the Learning Lab blends trusted resources and contemporary media for learners of all ages to:

  • make discoveries across disciplines
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Smithsonian Learning Lab invites users to explore and customize a vast selection of digital resources and collections. The CCHP is proud to contribute to this selection of materials through a new series of digital exhibitions.