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Yerkes, Robert Mearns (1876–1959)

  1. N. A. Haynie

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1046

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Haynie, N. A. 2010. Yerkes, Robert Mearns (1876–1959). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Honolulu, HI

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Robert Mearns Yerkes studied at Harvard University and received a doctorate in psychology in 1902. He held positions at Harvard and the University of Minnesota before he settled at Yale University in 1924, where he remained for 20 years. Yerkes and E. L. Thorndike were pioneers in the experimental study of animal behavior, following the traditions of C. Lloyd Morgan and George Romanes, the founders of comparative psychology.