Margaret Washburn

July 25, 1871--October 29, 1939


  • Originally from New York
  • First woman granted a PhD in psychology
  • Second woman to be president of American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Never married because she didn't want to give up her teaching career
  • Taught at Vassar College for thirty-six years
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  • Wrote The Animal Mind, the first book on animal cognition
  • Studied motor processes
  • Concluded that consciousness and thinking are tied to motor function
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