Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What influences were in Edward L. Thorndikes life that led to his theory?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Thorndike's early studies with animal behavior led him to declare his Law of Effect.

    He became interested in the field of psychology after reading William Jame's "Principles of Psychology" and after graduating from Weslyan University enrolled at Harvard in order to study under James. His research interest was with children, but his initial study of "mind reading" led to their unavailability for future study. So, he developed projects that examined learning in animals to satisfy requirements for his courses and degree.

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