Biological Contributions to the Study of Learning

  • Oakley Ray


I never took a course from George Wischner. I was more fortunate. I had him as my adviser (Ray, 1959) and my friend. I could tell many George Wischner stories but will instead make only some general comments. As a graduate student, I was most impressed with two things about George. One was that he believed that graduate students were people and behaved that way, a most progressive attitude in the mid-1950s. We were invited to the parties at his home. That never happened with other faculty. The other characteristic that made an impact on me was his emphasis on doing it right: quality, not quantity. Sometimes, I would think it a bit much at the time, but in retrospect, it is the attention to detail and quality that saves most of us from ourselves. Those two features—a humanistic concern for people and a scientists’s concern for quality—combined to make him a unique and valuable member of the psychology department at the University of Pittsburgh. He was, and is, the compleat psychologist: clinician, researcher (both animal and human), teacher, and administrator. He had our love and respect then—he has it now.


Psychoactive Drug Strain Difference F344 Animal Testosterone Propionate Brain Chemistry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oakley Ray
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  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Departments of Psychology and PharmacologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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