Edward Lee Thorndike


E L Thorndike

Family Background

Born 31 August, 1874 in Williamsburg, Maasachusetts, Edward Lee Thorndike was the son of a Minister. It is likely that he had a higher education as a result of the socioeconomic status of his father. His upbringing was strict - hard work and good manners were emphasised. He died 9 August 1949 in Montrose, New York


Academic Career

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Contributions to the World of Psychology

Thorndike made a number of contributions to the world of Psychology. His focus was on behaviorism. This started as a result of asking the question 'can animals think?'.

To find out more about some of these contributions, click on the links below.

This page prepared by Katherine Naylor, (ID# 97184631) September 2001