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Joncich, Geraldine. The Sane Positivist: A Biography of Edward L. Thorndike. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1968, 634 p.

Illustrated biography focusing on Thorndike's professional life.


Goodenough, Florence L. “Edward Lee Thorndike: 1874-1949.” The American Journal of Psychology, LXIII, No. 2 (April 1950): 291-301.

Obituary of Thorndike that provides an overview of his life, career, and major works.

Hilgard, Ernest R. “Thorndike's Connectionism.” In Theories of Learning, 2nd ed., pp. 15-47. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1956.

Thorough examination of Thorndike's interpretation of connectionism.

Thorpe, Louis P. and Allen M. Schmuller. “Thorndike's Bond Hypothesis.” In Contemporary Theories of Learning, pp. 45-84. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1954.

Traces Thorndike's bond hypothesis back to the philosophy of Aristotle.

Additional coverage of Thorndike's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 121.

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