Margaret Washburn

Keenahn Coyle

Date of Birth and Death

  • Born July 25, 1871 in New York City
  • Passed on October 29, 1939 in Poughkeepsie, New York


Brief Background

  • Attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie
  • After graduation she was determined to attend Columbia University
  • After her first year of admission, she was encouraged to attend Cornell University



  • Margaret's main focus of study was the study of the animal brain and their behavior
  • She wrote a book about her experiments called The Animal Mind (1908)
  • Other than the animal she was highly interested in French and German experiments of higher mental processes
  • Also was a big contributor to the motor theory, which argued that all thought can be traced back to bodily movements


  • Was the first woman to earn a Ph.D in psychology (1894)