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Edward L. Thorndike's Publications from 1940 to 1949

by Irving Lorge - 1949

This bibliography is an extension of the one published to celebrate Dr. Thorndike's fortieth anniversary as a professor at Teachers College.

THIS bibliography is an extension of the one published to celebrate Dr. Thorndike's fortieth anniversary as a professor at Teachers College.1 As in that compilation, the titles are listed by year of publication. Every effort has been made to make the list complete and accurate. It is difficult, however, to be sure that this has been achieved, since Dr. Thorndike averaged more than seven publications per year in the period 1941 to 1948. The list for 1949 undoubtedly will have to be extended. From the beginning of 1941 to the time of his death, Dr. Thorndike published at least sixty articles, lectures, and books. The range in these final years is as great as that in his admittedly active years of service. More than a fifth of the publications deal with the psychology of semantics. Included in this field are his contributions to the teaching of English suffixes, the meaning of sounds, the origin of language, and his novel work on the psychology of punctuation. About another fifth was devoted to the psychology of human nature in the social setting. These papers considered the selective migration of ability among communities, the status of the gifted child in smaller cities, and the relationship between the aesthetics of housing and the goodness of communities.

Not that his major interests were unrepresented. For in this period there were articles on the organization of intellect, the interrelationships of aspects of personality, learning, heredity and environment, instincts, animal behavior, and guidance. In this period, too, were published the Senior Dictionary, the revision of the Junior Dictionary, and the Beginning Dictionary as well as British adaptations of them.

In 1943, Dr. Thorndike's Man and His Works was published. This comprised the William James lectures in which he honored his great teacher and summarized his own interpretations of the facts about the original nature of man and its modifiability by man and his works. In these lectures, too, he showed how these facts and principles may be applied for the betterment of man and his institutions, with particular emphasis in the areas of language, government, and welfare. Rarely does a scientist have the opportunity to survey and interpret his own contributions to knowledge. Just before his death, Dr. Thorndike completed his Selected Writings from a Connectionists Psychology. In it are his autobiography and more than twenty of his major original contributions to psychology and its applications to human welfare.

Extensive though these publications are, they represent but a fraction of his contributions to science and to mankind. Future generations can read with profit the published work of this great fertile mind.


438. Human Nature and the Social Order. Macmillan Co., New York. Pp. xx + 1019.

439. 144 Smaller Cities. Harcourt Brace & Co., New York. Pp. 135.

440. The Value of Word Counts. Elementary English Review, 17:60-62, 67 (February).

441. Increasing Knowledge and Rationality About Economics and Business. Teachers College Record, 41:587-94 (April).

442. Variation in Wage-Ratios. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 54:369-83 (May).

443. On Effect of War on Education. New York Times (May 19).

444. Production, Retention and Attraction of American Men of Science. Science, 92:137-41 (August 16).

445. Vocational Guidance a Function of Public Education. Occupations, 19:163-67 (December).

446. Who Should Study Economics? Economic Education. Eleventh Yearbook, National Conference for the Social Studies. Washington. Pp. 101-04.


447. Mental Dynamics Shown by the Abbreviation and Amelioration of Words in Hearing and Remembering. American Journal of Psychology, 54:132 (January).

447a. Why We Behave Like Illiterates. New York Sun (January 11).

448. The Press in American Cities. Scientific Monthly, 52:44-47 (January).

449. Gifted Children in Small Cities. Teachers College Record, 42:420-27 (February).

450. Value of the Responses in a Completion Test as Indications of Personal Traits. (With Lorge.) Journal of Applied Psychology, 25:191-99 (April).

451. Value of the Responses in a Free-Association Test as Indicators of Personal Traits. (With Lorge.) Journal of Applied Psychology, 25:200-01 (April).

452. The Causes of Migration within the United States. Science, 93:441 (May 9).

453. Speech on Direction of German People's Energy. New York Times (November 29).

454. Mental Abilities. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 84:503-13.

455. Teaching of English Suffixes. Teachers College Contributions to Education, No. 847. Pp. 81.

456. Thorndike-Century Senior Dictionary. Scott, Foresman and Company, New York. Pp. xxxviii + 1065.


457. Further Contributions. Twentieth Anniversary of the Psychological Corporation and to Honor Its Founder, James McKeen Cattell. Journal of Applied Psychology, 26:8-23 (February).

458. Relation Between a Person's Intelligence Quotient and His Rate of Progress in School. (With Woodyard and Weingart.) Journal of Educational Psychology, 33:221-24 (March).

459. Human Instincts and Doctrines About Them. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 12:85-87 (June).

460. Validity of Age at Entrance to College as a Measure of Intelligence. Journal of Educational Psychology, 33:605-07 (November).

461. The Causes of Interstate Migration. Sociometry, 5:321-35 (November).

462. Differences Within and Between Communities in the Intelligence of the Children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 33:641-56 (December).

463. Thorndike-Century Junior Dictionary. Revised edition. Scott, Foresman and Company, Chicago. Pp. xx + 940.

464. Why Study Animal Psychology? in Comparative Psychology, F. A. Moss (Ed.). Revised edition. Prentice-Hall, New York. Pp. 1-6.


465. Derivation Ratios. Language, 19:27-37 (January).

466. James's Influence on the Psychology of Perception and Thought. Psychological Review, 50:87-94 (January).

467. The Values of Studies in Relation to Character. School and Society, 57:279-80 (March 6).

468. The Origin of Superior Men. Scientific Monthly, 56:424-33 (May).

469. On the Specialization of Carelessness. American Journal of Psychology, 56:299-300 (April).

470. Cost of Living in Cities in Relation to Their Size and Latitude. (With Woodyard.) American Statistical Association Journal, 38:238-41 (June).

471. Some Complications of Associative Processes. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 32:501-06 (June).

472. The Origin of Language. Science, 98:1-6 (July 2).

473. The Retention of the Ability to Draw Lines of a Given Length Blindfold. (With Bregman and Woodyard.) Journal of Experimental Psychology, 33:78-80 (July).

474. The Relation Between the Aesthetic Status of a Community and Its Status in Other Respects. (With Wood-yard.) American Journal of Sociology, 49:59 (July).

475. On the Strength of Certain Beliefs and the Nature of Credulity. Character and Personality, 12:1-14 (September).

476. The Aesthetic Life of Communities. (With Powel and Woodyard.) Journal of Aesthetics, 2, No. 7:51-58.

477. Man and His Works. (William James Lectures) Harvard University Press, Cambridge. Pp. 212.


478. The Retention and Attraction of Superior Men. Sociometry, 7:1-9 (February).

479. Interests and Abilities. Journal of Applied Psychology, 28:43-52 (February).

480. James McKeen Cattell: In Memoriam. Science, 99:154-55 (February 25).

481. Euphony and Cacophony of English Words and Sounds. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 30:201-07 (April).

482. The Causation of Fraternal Resemblance. Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology, 64:249-64 (June).

483. Resemblance of Siblings in Intelligence-Test Scores. Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology, 64:265-67 (June).

484. Influence of Differences in the Amount of Practice in Causing Differences in Achievement. Journal of General Psychology, 31:101-09 (July).

485. Sectional Variations in Welfare, Especially of the White Population. Sociometry, 7:384-96 (November).

486. Heredity and Environment. Eugenical News, 29:39-45 (September).

487. The Teachers Word Book of 30,000 words. (With Lorge.) Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Pp. xii + 274.


488. Association of Certain Sounds with Pleasant and Unpleasant Meanings. Psychological Review, 52:143-49 (May).

489. On Orr's Hypothesis Concerning the Front and Back Vowels. British Journal of Psychology, 36:10-13 (September).

490. Charles Edward Spearman: 1863-1945. American Journal of Psychology, 58:558-60 (October).

491. Thorndike-Century Beginning Dictionary. Scott, Foresman and Company, Chicago. Pp. 645.

492. Thorndike-Lorge Reading Test for Grades 7 to 9. Forms 1 and 2. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.


493. Racial Inequalities. Educational Forum, 10:133-37 (January).

494. The Psychology of Semantics. American Journal of Psychology, 59:613-32 (October).

495. Expectation. Psychological Review, 53:277-81 (September).


496. Business Inventions. (With Wood-yard.) Journal of Business Education, 23:17-19 (November).

497. Thorndike Junior Dictionary (revised and edited for the children of Britain and the British Empire by P. B. Ballard and H. E. Palmer). Univ. of London Press, London. Pp. 1033.

497a. The Influence of Occurrence, Reward, and Punishment upon Connections That Already Had Considerable Strength. Miscellanea Psychologica Albert Michotte. Libraire Philosophique, Paris. Pp. 308-22.


498. The Future of Measurements of Abilities. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 18:21-25 (February).

499. E. U. P. English Dictionary (edited for the British Empire by P. B. Ballard and others). English University Press, London. Pp. 1402.

500. Punctuation. Teachers College Record, 49:531-37 (May).

501. Selection and Guidance in the Secondary School. Harvard Educational Review, 18:71-75 (March).

502. Psychology of Punctuation. American Journal of Psychology, 63:222-28 (April).

503. On the Frequency of Semantic Changes in Modern English. Journal of General Psychology, 39:23-27 (July).

504. $10,000 Salary Fetish. Public Administration Review, No. 4:286-88 (August).

505. On Methods of Memorizing Poems and Vocabularies. Journal of Educational Psychology, 39:488-90 (December).


506. Note on Shifts of Interest with Age. Journal of Applied Psychology (February).

507. Selected Writings from a Connectionist's Psychology. Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., New York, 1949.

1 This compilation had the advantage of a careful bibliography prepared in 1946 by Mr. George McNeil for his project in Education sa 307L.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 51 Number 1, 1949, p. 42-46
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