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Richard F. Thompson (1930-2014)

Thursday, February 5, 2015  
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Gordon Bower, Stanford University

Richard F. Thompson, the Keck chair emeritus at USC and a pioneer of behavioral neuroscience, died at home of natural causes September 16, 2014. Thompson played a leading role in the ascendance of studies of learning and memory in modern neuroscience. Educated at Reed College then earning a University of Wisconsin PhD, Thompson’s textbook, Foundations of Physiological Psychology (1967), shaped the burgeoning field. A founder of the Psychonomic Society, Thompson taught at University of California, Ivine, Harvard University, and Stanford University before USC. He was best known for his research tracing out brain circuits underlying behavioral habituation and classical conditioning. Thompson published more than 450 articles and mentored 60 PhD and post-doctoral students. Information about Thompson’s life is at plus his autobiography in Squire, L.R. (Ed.) The history of neuroscience in autobiography, Vol. 4 (2004). (Prepared by Gordon Bower)



The Psychonomic Society Informs Members of the Recent Passing of our Scientific Colleagues

With the advent of the Psychonomic Society’s new website, the Governing Board has decided to make a place to convey the important, but somber news of the death of members of our society and others who were intellectually close to our members.

Our intention is to publish a short obituary here of no more than 125 words that includes a link to a longer obituary that appears elsewhere. We will only publish one obituary for each scientist. If you know of the recent passing of a member, please email Lynne Reder at with that information.

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