The Evolution of a Psychologist: The Legacy of Robert C. Bolles

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 676–677. Review of “Learning, Motivation, and Cognition: The Functional Behaviorism of Robert C. Bolles” (see record 1997-05128-000). In 1994, just two months before a scheduled retirement celebration, Robert Bolles died. The gathering became a memorial conference, but a celebration all the same. This collection of chapters is the result. Edited by two of his former students, the stated goals of this collection are: to describe the current state of the art in Bob's field, present and evaluate his multiple impacts, and provide some personal reflections. According to the reviewers, historians of psychology will be fascinated by the wealth of anecdotes and personal recollections about Bolles, but the book is especially about how his influence steered the research careers of students and not a few of his colleagues. Much is made of the breadth of Bolles's research, and an important feature of this book is an appendix that chronicles his publications. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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