Online Exhibits

Learn more about key topics in the history of psychology through original documents, videos, and audio from the collections of the Archives of 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.

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. The Cummings Center is proud to contribute to Smithsonian Learning Lab by making several of our online exhibits available through the platform.

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I Am Psyched!

I Am Psyched! explores the vibrant history of women of color in psychology, showing how they have used their unique perspectives to understand and improve the world. Their life stories provide inspiration for a new generation of women and girls.

I Am Psyched! was developed by the Cummings Center in collaboration with the American Psychological Association Women's Portfolio and Psychology's Feminist Voices. Learn more about the I Am Psyched! initiative.

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Make Something New: Creativity and Artistic Expression in Psychology

What does creativity mean to you? This exhibit explores psychologists' attempts to define, measure, and test creativity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, alongside creative works by notable psychologists.

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A 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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Before 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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Exploring 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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