The Psychophysics Laboratory was established, constructed and underwritten by the Trustees and Officers of Columbia University in the City of New York on September 15, 1967 under the leadership of Professor Eugene Galanter as Director of the Laboratory.
New and continuing research was funded in part by Columbia University and by federal grants from agencies that included the Office of Naval Research, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United States Army Research Institute and the National Science Foundation.
In June 2000, Columbia University relinquished title to the Laboratory and all research that was underway, equipment, supplies and documentation were transferred by Columbia University to a new facility headquartered in Pennsylvania.
On August 28, 2004 the IRS recognized the Psychophysics Laboratory in Herrick Center, Pennsylvania as a non-profit research and educational facility under section 501a of the IRS code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3).
Current research proceeds in the new location, and in additional facilities in New York and Los Angeles.