Babcock, Harriet (1807–1952)
Manhattan State Hospital, New York, 1923–1925
New York University, New York, 1931–1952
Major Honors and Awards
Babcock was elected to the New York Academy of Science and was a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.
Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions
In the 1930s, Babcock began a longitudinal study of syphilitic patients, a project that was less notable for its outcomes (many of which were not subsequently replicated) than for its methodology. Classic neurological studies from the time of Paul Broca and Karl Wernicke were centered around clinical case observation. In a departure from this classic tradition, Babcock adopted the methods of scientific psychology to study the cognitive effects of neurological disease. Her research methods were well characterized and repeatable, she utilized standardized psychometric measures, and she incorporated normal control comparison groups in her research. Anticipating...
References and Readings
- Stringer, A. Y., & Cooley, E. L. (2002). Neuropsychology: A twentieth-century science. In A. Y. Stringer, E. L. Cooley, & A.-L. Christensen (Eds.), Pathways to prominence in neuropsychology: Reflections of twentieth century pioneers (pp. 3–26). New York: Psychology Press.Google Scholar