John Dillingham Dodson

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John Dillingham Dodson (1879 in Allen County Ky – 1955 in Warren County Ky),[1] together with Robert Yerkes proposed the Yerkes–Dodson Law relating motivation and habit.[2] He obtained a master's degree from Harvard University and was the first PhD graduate of the psychology department of the University of Minnesota.[1] His fate after the publication of his seminal paper with Yerkes became a mystery with inquiries first raised in 1921 and continuing through 2001.[1] Research published in 2012 finds he spent much of his academic life teaching at the Bowling Green College of Commerce.[1] Which became part of Western Kentucky University.


  1. ^ a b c d Brothen, Thomas (Feb 2012). "What ever happened to John Dodson?" (PDF). History of Psychology. 15 (1): 100–05. doi:10.1037/a0024801.
  2. ^ Yerkes RM, Dodson JD (1908). "The relation of strength of stimulus to rapidity of habit-formation". Journal of Comparative Neurology and Psychology. 18: 459–82. doi:10.1002/cne.920180503.