Scientist Profile


Alfredo Villagracia Lagmay

National Scientist (1988), NAST Academician

Expertise: Psychology, Experimental Psychology

Dr. Alfredo V. Lagmay pursued a lot of studies relating to experimental analysis of behavior, behavior modification, relaxation and related studies, and hypnosis. In recognition of his work, the University of the Philippines awarded him a Professorial Chair in Psychology (1973-1975). He is also member of prestigious learned societies here and abroad including the International Council of Psychologists, American Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions to psychology and the social sciences by the Association for Anthropological Diplomacy, Politics and Society and in cooperation with the Association of Third World Anthropologists.


    • Philippine Social Science Council, Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Executive Board
    • Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • The Biological Honor Society of the Phi-Sigma, Member
    • The International Social Science Honor Society of the Pi Gamma Mu, Philipine Chapter, Philippine Chapter, President
    • The International Honor Society of the Phi Kappa Phi, Philippine Chapter, Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • Scientific Honor Society of the Sigma XI (Harvard Chapter), Member
    • American Psychological Association, Member
    • Psychological Association of the Philippines, Founding Member and Fellow, President Elect. Acting President, President; Member, Board of Director


    • Social Science Division, NRCP, Chairman
    • Philippine Social Science Council Inc., Chairman, 1972-1973
    • Office of the President, NCCSDFY, Officer in Charge, 1971
    • University of the Philippines Summer Institute in Baguio, Director, 1956-1959
    • UP Alumni Association Research Professor of Psychology, Professorial Chair holder
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Professor of Psychology, Assoc. Professor, Asst. Professor, 1947-1964
    • Dept. of Psychology, UPD, Chairman, 1959


    • Professorial Chair, UPAA Research Professor of Psychology, UPAA, 1973
    • Grantee, Postdoctoral Fellowship, UP Rockefeller Scholarship Program, 1967-1968
    • Recipient, UP Presidential pin for graduating with honors, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Philosophy, UP, 1947
    • Academician, NAST, !978
    • National Scientist, NAST, 1988


    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Ph.B. (Philosophy), 1947
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, MA Philosophy, 1951
    • Harvard University, USA, PhD Psychology, 1955


    • Lagmay, A.V., (1972) Of textbooks, our scholars and the school systems.
    • UP Faculty Conference Proceedings, UP, Quezon City
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1970) Government support of the Social Sciences.
    • Science and the New Constitution. UP-NSDB
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1967) Rule-specified versus non-verbal conceptualizations in the natural sciences.
    • UP Faculty Conference Proceedings, Quezon City
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1966) Philippine Thematic Apperception Test
    • Plates XXV, a psychological-projected test, Quezon City
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1964) The pacing of behavior: A technique for the control of the free operant.
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 17
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1963) Motivation research in Philippine advertising.
    • Marketing Horizons Volume 2
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1962) Image of the bolo
    • Philippine Collegian
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1962) Research organization and strategy in the arts and sciences units of the UP
    • UP Research Digest Volume 1, No. 3
    • Lagmay, A.V., (1953) A logical analysis of the concept of existence involved in existence propositions
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Review Volume 18, No. 2