Psi Chi WPA Distinguished Lecturer
Finding Little Albert: Adventures in the Search for Psychology's Lost Boy
Hall P. Beck, PhD
Appalachian State University
Hall ‘Skip’ Beck received his PhD from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro in 1983, specializing in social psychology. He accepted a position in the psychology Department at Appalachian State University in 1984 and is still happily at that university. For the past decade, most of Beck’s research has focused upon improving student retention; he is a co-developer of the College Persistence
Questionnaire. His other main area of inquiry is human- computer interaction, especially the use of automated devices to reduce fratricide in the military. The search for Little Albert began as a lark, but soon became a passion, taking Beck
and his students on a historical journey to John B. Watson’s infant laboratory.