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Mowrer, O. Hobart (1907–1982)

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Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0566

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staff 2010. Mowrer, O. Hobart (1907–1982). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


O. H. Mowrer was born on a farm in Unionville, Missouri, in 1907. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri in 1929 and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins in 1932. Although Mowrer suffered from repeated and chronic depression, he had a successful career and made major contributions to psychology. He published a series of 19 papers concerning vestibule-ocular reflexes and spatial orientation that, while not often cited in psychological literature, were well received in otology and sensory physiology. They also served, somewhat paradoxically, to gain him an appointment (1934–1940) at Yale's Institute of Human Relations. There he developed theoretical and research interests in the psychology of learning, language, psychopathology, certain cognitive processes, and interpersonal relations that importantly influenced his subsequent career.