Last month I discovered a collection of cassette recordings of interviews with famous psychologists of the 1970s. There are quite a few of them and some of the names instantly brought back memories from my undergraduate lectures of the 1990s. Not wanting to throw them away, but also having no equipment to listen to them or share them, I decided to buy a cassette to MP3 converter and patiently digitize them to see what they’re all about. Some of the cassettes were produced by ‘Psychology Today’ which is still well and truly in business, but there are others produced by ‘BSIP Ferranti Limited’ which appears to no longer exist. For that reason I am going to share the Ferranti recordings as I think they are no longer owned by anyone and I am hoping not to get into any trouble (anyone out there who thinks otherwise please let me know!)
The tapes originally retailed at £2.50 + VAT according to a 1974 edition of the New Scientist. The recordings are part of a collection called the ‘Brain Science Briefings Library’ and the first one I am sharing is Tape 4 featuring an interview with Leon Festinger (1919-1989) recorded in 1973. A very comprehensive obituary for Festinger was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, and obituaries also featured in major newspapers such as the New York Times. Festinger was best known for his work on cognitive dissonance. Scroll below the picture to hear the recording.