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David Premack (1324)

Developmental psychology, experimental psychology, philosophical and theoretical psychology, physiological and comparative psychology
1925, Aberdeen, USA
Short Biography
David Premack (born October 26, 1925 in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He was educated at the University of Minnesota when logical positivism was in full bloom. The departments of ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
  • BA University of Minnesota, 1949
  • MA University of Minnesota, 1951
  • PhD University of Minnesota, 1955
Appointments & Honors
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ford Foundation Fellow, 1953-4
  • Artist in Residence, Yaddo Inc., 1955
  • USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow, 1956-9
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1973-4
  • Visiting Scientist, Japan, 1979
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1978-9
  • Van Leer Jerusalem Foundation Fellow, 1980
  • Fellow, Wissenschaftskollege, Berlin, 1985-6
  • Fellow, AAAS, Society of Experimental Psychologists
  • Associate Editor, Learning and Motivation, 1970-4
  • Board of Editors, Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, 1972-5
  • Consulting Editor: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Proceedings, 1974-83
  • Journal of Human Evolution Cognition, 1978
  • Associate Editor, Behavior and Brain Sciences, 1977-82
Principal Publications
  • 1959 Toward empirical behavior laws: Positive reinforcement. Psychological Review, 66, 219-33.
  • 1965 Reinforcement theory. In D. Levine (ed.), Nebraska Motivation Symposium. University of Nebraska Press.
  • 1970 A functional analysis of language. Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 14, 107-25.
  • 1971 Catching up with common sense or two sides of a generalization: Reinforcement and punishment. In R. Glaser (ed.), On the Nature of Reinforcement. Academic Press.
  • 1971 Mechanisms of self-control. In W. Hunt (ed.), Learning Mechanisms in Smoking. Aldine Press.
  • 1971 Language in chimpanzee? Science, 172, 808-22.
  • 1972 Concordant preferences as a precondition for affective but not for symbolic communication. Cognition, 1, 251-64.
  • 1972 Teaching Language to an Ape. Scientific American (with A. J. Premack).
  • 1976 Intelligence in Ape and Man. Erlbaum.
  • 1976 On the abstractness of human concepts: Why it would be difficult to talk to a pigeon. In R. Bolles, S. Hulse and W. K. Honig (eds), Cognitive Factors in Animal Learning.
  • 1978 Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 4, 515-26 (with G. Woodruff).
  • 1982 Pedagogy and aesthetics as sources of culture. In M. Gazzaniga (ed.), Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • 1983 The Mind ofan Ape. Norton Press (with A. J. Premack).
  • 1985 Gavagai! Or the Future History of the Animal Language Controversy. MIT Press.