Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
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Berlyne, Daniel E.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_317

Basic Biographical Information

Daniel Ellis Berlyne was a motivation theorist, an experimentalist on various topics including aesthetics, and an active participant in the North American neobehavioral movement from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Born on April 25, 1924, in Salford, a suburb of Manchester in Northern England, Berlyne held several academic positions before becoming Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto from 1962 until his death in 1976. Berlyne was truly an international scholar, having traveled all over the European continent and beyond (both in an academic capacity and during multiple posts during his service in World War II) prior to his arriving in Toronto.

In 1941, at the age of 17, Berlyne was awarded a Major Scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study modern languages. The start of his second year at Cambridge, however, was interrupted in the fall of 1942, because he was called up to serve during World War II. Upon his return to Cambridge, in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History & Theory of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada