Harvey Carr

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Birthday
30, 1873
Birthplace
Indiana
Death Date
Jun 21, 1954 (81)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
30, 1873
Birthplace
Indiana
Death Date
Jun 21, 1954 (81)

About

Notable for his key role in the development of the psychological theory of functionalism, Carr taught for many years at the University of Chicago and briefly headed the American Psychological Association. He is particularly remembered for his famous "kerplunk experiment," which used rats as subjects.

Before Fame

After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Colorado, he held high school teaching positions in Texas, New York, and Michigan. He later returned to school, completing his doctorate in psychology at the University of Chicago.

Trivia

His book Psychology: A Study of Mental Activity became the defining text of the functionalism movement.

Family Life

He was raised on a farm in Indiana.

Associated With

He and John Dewey were both important theorists of the functionalist school of psychology.