Indiana University Research & Creative Activity


Volume 30 Number 2
Spring 2008

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old psychology laboratory

Psychology, old-school. This photograph of one of Indiana University’s earliest psychology laboratory settings was probably taken in Kirkwood Hall in 1895 or 1896. From left to right in the photo are Edward M. Ritter, William Julian (later Lowe) Bryan, Assistant Professor John A. Bergstrom, and Clark David Wissler. Bryan became the president of Indiana University in 1902. Wissler went on to become a well-known anthropologist. The apparatus at far right (with what looks like a drum at top and wheels below) is a clockwork, spring-driven “vertical kymograph.” Psychologists used the instrument to record muscle exertion, response times, and other physiological responses to stimuli. Photo courtesy Indiana University Archives