Hugo Munsterberg came to Harvard in 1892 from the University of Freiburg, at the invitation of William James. While on faculty in the Department of Philosophy, Munsterberg directed an applied psychology lab in Harvard’s Dana Hall. There he collected one of the most extensive sets of experimental instruments in the world. He studied feeling states, like association, attention, and discrimination, among others, using the instruments in his lab to observe these capacities in human subjects.
In 1893, Munsterberg published a document titled Psychological Laboratory of Harvard University, in which he catalogued the tools and instruments used in his Experimental Psychology laboratory at Harvard in the late 19th century.
He was particularly interested in peoples’ perceptions of film (moving images) and space, and wrote The Photoplay (1916), in which he presented his early theories on cinema.
This article, Psychological Labs Test Human Action in Overcrowded Memorial Hall Facilities which appeared in the Harvard Crimson in 1956, describes the Psychological Laboratories that filled the lower floors of Memorial Hall at that time. Many of the pioneers in psychology are mentioned, eg: William James, Hugo Munsterberg, S.S. Stevens, B.F. Skinner and others.
Scroll down to see some of the instruments from the Psychological Laboratories in Memorial Hall that are now viewable at the Harvard Collection of Scientific Instruments (CHSI).