David Premack

Topics: Reinforcement, Premack's principle, David Premack Pages: 4 (1110 words) Published: March 7, 2013

David Premack: An Educational Giant
Miriah Chalmers
Sister Johnson
Brigham Young University-Idaho

Born in 1925 David Premack is still a great influence to education today. His studies with primates led to The Theory of Reinforcement or The Premack Principle. The Premack principle is a great example of behaviorism. Premack’s most recent studies involve the “understandings of intentionality and causality cognition” with the help of his wife Ann. The Premack Principle is still used today in education.

David Premack was born October 26, 1925 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is married to Ann Premack and has three children. He attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. There he received a Bachelors in 1943 and then a Masters in 1951. He became an instructor for the University from 153-1954 and then received his PhD in experimental psychology in 1955. He was a research assistant at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in 1954 where he came up with the basis for the Premack Principle. He was a research associate professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1955-1964. He then was a visiting associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964. After that he was a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1965-1975. He then worked at Harvard University, Cambridge from 1970-1971 as a visiting professor. He was then a professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1975-1990. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus and Penn Arts & Sciences in the psychology department.

“David Premack's contributions have advanced psychological science's comparative understanding of cognition, and its understanding of the nature of animal and human minds. Premack's powerful analyses have illustrated cognitive similarities and differences across a diverse array of minds.” (About David Premack) Premack did most of his studies on various primates while...
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