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Hull, Clark L. (1884–1952)

  1. Ralph W. Lundin

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0419

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Lundin, R. W. 2010. Hull, Clark L. (1884–1952). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Wheaton, IL

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Clark L. Hull's most important contribution to psychology lies in his theory of learning, considered one of the most important learning theories of the twentieth century. He received his PhD in 1918 at the University of Wisconsin. Early in his career he was interested in the field of aptitude testing, an area he abandoned because he did not see much future in it. He then turned to the field of hypnosis and suggestibility. In 1929 he accepted an appointment as research professor at Yale University, a post he held until his retirement.


  • behaviorism;
  • experimental psychology;
  • learning;
  • reinforcement