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Hilgard, Ernest R. (1905–2001)

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Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0411

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staff 2010. Hilgard, Ernest R. (1905–2001). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Ernest R. Hilgard graduated with honors in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois (1924), and received his PhD (1930) in experimental psychology from Yale upon completing a dissertation on conditioned human eyelid responses under Raymond Dodge. He became a teaching assistant and remained at Yale as an instructor from 1929 to 1933, when he accepted an invitation from Lewis M. Terman to join the faculty at Stanford University. Except for a period during World War II, he spent the rest of his career at Stanford, becoming an Emeritus Professor in 1969. He held a joint appointment in the School of Humanities and the School of Education, served as Executive Head of the Department of Psychology from 1942 to 1950, and was Dean of the Graduate Division from 1951 to 1955.


  • hypnosis;
  • learning;
  • motivation;
  • social psychology