Karl M. Dallenbach

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Karl M. Dallenbach (October 20, 1887 in Champaign, Illinois – December 23, 1971 in Austin, Texas)[1] was an American experimental psychologist whose interests in psychology were heavily influenced by John Wallace Baird.[2] He was a loyal student of Edward Bradford Titchener at Cornell University,[3] received his Ph.D. degree in 1913, and was a member of the faculties of departments of psychology at Oregon State University, Ohio State University, Cornell, and The University of Texas at Austin.[1]

Dallenbach did not develop any major theories and he never wrote a book.[3] However, his 94 core publications (from a total of 234) can be organized around seven themes: attention, cutaneous sensitivity, somesthetic perception, taste, visual perception, 'facial' vision, and memory and cognitive processes. Some consider Dallenbach's studies of attention to be his most important of these contributions,[2] while others maintain that his studies on facial vision and retention during sleep belong to the classical psy- chological literature.[3]

A contribution that is perhaps Dallenbach's greatest contribution to psychology was his purchase, from G. Stanley Hall in 1920, and consequent rescue of the first American psychological journal: the American Journal of Psychology.[3] Dallenbach owned the journal for the next forty-eight years and was its editor for forty-two.[2] Dallenbach referred to the journal's volumes as his "books."[3]


  1. ^ a b c Sheehy, N., Chapman, A.J., & Conroy, W. (eds.) (1997) Schachter, Seymour [sic.] Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. London, England: Routledge.
  2. ^ a b c d e Leonard Zusne (1984). Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313240270. Retrieved 2015-06-28.

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