Neal Elgar Miller

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Miller, Neal Elgar


Born Aug. 3, 1909, in Milwaukee, Wis. American psychologist. Professor at Yale and Rockefeller universities (at the latter since 1966). President of the American Psychological Association (1960–61); chairman of the section of psychology of the National Academy of Sciences (1965–67).

As a member of the Yale group (C. Hall, J. Dollard, R. Sears, and others), Miller sought to apply the main principles of the behaviorist concept of learning to the analysis of motivation, aggression, frustration, conflict, and psychotherapy. Much of Miller’s research deals with the electrophysiology of the brain and psychopharmacology.


Frustration and Aggression. London, 1944. (With J. Dollard.)
Personality and Psychotherapy. New York, 1950. (With J. Dollard.)
Social Learning and Imitation, 2nd ed. New Haven-London, 1962. (With J. Dollard.)
In Russian translation:
“Priobretennye pobuzhdeniia i podkrepleniia.” In Eksperimental’naia psikhologiia, vol. 1. Moscow, 1960.
“Issledovaniie fiziologicheskikh mekhanizmov motivatsii.” Voprosy psikhologii, 1961, no. 4.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In this reprint of the 1971 classic in experimental psychology originally published as Neal E. Miller: Selected Papers (Aldine Transaction), Miller presents 64 theoretical and experimental analyses of topics including approach-avoidance conflicts; the physiological basis of motivation, displacement, and the learning of drives; and conditioning of autonomic nervous system responses.
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