Margaret Washburn

By Brianna Norman

  • Born July 25, 1871 in New York City, New York
  • Died October 29, 1939 at age 69


  • Was an only child
  • Never married
  • Never had children
  • Didn't start school until she was seven
  • Graduated high school at only 15
  • Went to Vassar College and got a Doctorate in Harvard
  • First women to earn a doctoral degree in American Psychology
  • 30th president of the American Psychological Association in 1921

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Contribution to Psychology

  • Author of The Animal Mind: A Textbook of Comparative Psychology. This book was about the way certain animals react in certain situations and animal mental states.
  • Author of Movement and Mental Imagery. This was about the Motor Theory Development.

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