Edward Thorndike is our featured psychologist of the week. Through his work and theories, he became strongly associated with the American school of thought known as functionalism. Other prominent functionalist thinkers included Harvey Carr, James Rowland Angell and John Dewey. Thorndike is also often referred to as the father of modern day educational psychology, and published several books on the subject.
Thorndike was elected president of the American Psychological Association in 1912 and became one of the very first psychologists to be admitted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1917. Today, Edward Thorndike is perhaps best known for his puzzle box experiments with cats, the law of effect and his contributions to the field of educational psychology. Learn more about his life, career and impact on psychology in this biography of Edward Thorndike.