Edward Thorndike

1874 - 1949

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Edward Lee Thorndike (August 31, 1874 – August 9, 1949) was an American eugenicist and psychologist and who spent nearly his entire career at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work on comparative psychology and the learning process led to the theory of connectionism and helped lay the scientific foundation for educational psychology. He also worked on solving industrial problems, such as employee exams and testing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Thorndike has received more than 941,862 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Edward Thorndike is the 19th most popular psychologist (up from 22nd in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from United States (up from 244th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Psychologist.

Edward Thorndike is most famous for his work on learning theory and the law of effect. His theory of learning is based on the idea that learning is a process of trial and error. The law of effect states that responses that are followed by satisfying consequences are more likely to be repeated in the future.

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Among psychologists, Edward Thorndike ranks 19 out of 182Before him are Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, Anna Freud, John B. Watson, and Albert Bandura. After him are Kurt Lewin, B. F. Skinner, Lawrence Kohlberg, Wilhelm Reich, Melanie Klein, and Daniel Kahneman.

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Among people born in 1874, Edward Thorndike ranks 7Before him are Winston Churchill, Guglielmo Marconi, Robert Frost, Arnold Schoenberg, Harry Houdini, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. After him are Howard Carter, W. Somerset Maugham, Herbert Hoover, Chaim Weizmann, Ernst Cassirer, and Max Scheler. Among people deceased in 1949, Edward Thorndike ranks 6Before him are Maurice Maeterlinck, Richard Strauss, Sigrid Undset, George Gurdjieff, and Georgi Dimitrov. After him are Margaret Mitchell, James Ensor, Charles Ponzi, Hassan al-Banna, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, and Kim Jong-suk.

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Among people born in United States, Edward Thorndike ranks 188 out of 15,968Before him are Billy the Kid (1859), Buster Keaton (1895), John Travolta (1954), Charlton Heston (1923), Gloria Stuart (1910), and Humphrey Bogart (1899). After him are Talcott Parsons (1902), Walt Whitman (1819), David Lynch (1946), Johnny Depp (1963), Edward Hopper (1882), and Charles Sanders Peirce (1839).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United States

Among psychologists born in United States, Edward Thorndike ranks 6Before him are Abraham Maslow (1908), John Dewey (1859), William James (1842), Carl Rogers (1902), and John B. Watson (1878). After him are B. F. Skinner (1904), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Paul Ekman (1934), Gordon Allport (1897), and Jerome Bruner (1915).