Herbert Langfeld

Herbert Sidney Langfeld (July 24, 1879 – February 25, 1958) was an American psychologist and a past president of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Herbert Langfeld
BornJuly 24, 1879
DiedFebruary 25, 1958(1958-02-25) (aged 78)
Known forPast president, American Psychological Association
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard University
Princeton University
InfluencedFloyd Allport[1]


Langfeld grew up in Philadelphia and was initially drawn to a diplomatic career. He was working for the American Embassy in Berlin when he was attracted to psychology. He earned a PhD in 1909 at the University of Berlin. He took a faculty position at Harvard University and ultimately went to Princeton University, where he became the psychological laboratory director and later the department chair for psychology.[2]

Langfeld was APA president in 1930.[3] He also held leadership positions with the International Congress of Psychology and the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[4]


  1. Devonis, David (2012). "Langfeld, Herbert Sidney". Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories. Springer. pp. 616–617. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_101. ISBN 978-1-4419-0425-6.
  2. Bartlett, F. C. (1958). "Herbert Sidney Langfeld: 1879-1958". American Journal of Psychology. 71 (3): 616–619. JSTOR 1420272.
  3. "Former APA presidents". American Psychological Association. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
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