Influential works and authors in psychology: A survey of eminent psychologists
Surveyed 19 experimental, 13 personality and/or clinical, 9 developmental and/or educational, and 16 social psychologists who were among the 102 most frequently cited psychologists in the 1975 Social Science Citation Index to determine the works and authors in the field they found most influential. Two of the authors, both experimental psychologists, were women; all Ss received their PhDs between 1927 and 1967. 39 authors and their cited works are listed. Freud was most frequently cited by Ss receiving PhDs before 1951; B. F. Skinner was most frequently named by those granted PhDs since 1951. As expected, there were substantial differences between works that were most often cited as influential by these authors and the readings that were most often recommended by graduate faculties surveyed in previous research: The authors' list of readings tended more toward the theoretical, while the works recommended by faculties are largely compendia of empirical work.
Fenigstein, Allan and Heyduk, Ronald G., "Influential works and authors in psychology: A survey of eminent psychologists" (1984). American Psychologist 39(5): 556-559. Faculty Publications. Paper 39.