Harold H. Schlosberg

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Harold H. Schlosberg
Born(1904-01-03)January 3, 1904
DiedAugust 5, 1964(1964-08-05) (aged 60)
ResidenceProvidence, RI
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materPrinceton University, B.A. 1925;
Princeton University, M.A. in Psychology, 1926;
Princeton University, Ph.D. in Psychology, 1928
Known forresearch on conditioned reflex in man and animals
Scientific career
InstitutionsBrown University
Doctoral advisorEdwin Holt
Other academic advisorsLeonard Carmichael
Doctoral studentsCarl Porter Duncan, Richard L. Solomon

Harold Schlosberg (January 3, 1904 – August 5, 1964) was a professor of psychology at Brown University. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, Schlosberg earned his Bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. Well known for his work on various topics ranging from conditioned reflexes to expression of human emotions, he co-authored the 1954 2nd edition of the textbook Experimental Psychology, with Robert Sessions Woodworth, a highly influential textbook in the field. A member of the prestigious Society of experimental Psychologists, Schlosberg served as chairman of Brown's Department of Psychology from 1954 until his death in 1964.

Harold Schlosberg (1954) discussed the major controversies in the discussion of emotion in his article Three Dimensions of Emotion. His work highlighted that human emotion recognition was perceived by many as merely a subtopic of heavier scientific debate. According to Schlosberg (1954), academic work on emotions could be convoluted by attention-grabbing data or unmoving experiments involving animals. Excessive information can overwhelm a researcher and they entirely miss the intent of the piece. Trials involving white mice maybe commonplace for the scientific community but the layman may not be able to relate to these studies because of the subjectivity of emotions. Schlosberg wrote there were three substantial disagreements in the field and embraced individual segments of differing theories and synthesized them into the three dimensions of emotion philosophy. The scope of his approach coupled the level of pleasurably, intensity and responsiveness that stimuli have human emotions[1] Further biographical information at: [1].


  1. ^ Schlosberg, Harold (March 1954). "Three Dimensions of Emotions". Psychological Review. 61 (2): 81–88. doi:10.1037/h0054570.

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