Dr. Howard Rachlin obtained a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Cooper Union in New York City, where he learned to treat all scientific and practical questions as if they had answers in the back of the book rather than as invitations to self-expression; an MA in psychology from The New School of Social Research in New York City, where he learned that the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts; and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where B. F. Skinner and Richard Herrnstein taught him how to be a behaviorist. He is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has published more than 100 articles, written six books including Behavior and Mind (Oxford University Press, 1994) and The Science of Self-Control (Harvard University Press, 2000), and edited two others. Although he has retired from teaching, he is actively engaged in research on self-control and social cooperation in humans and nonhumans.
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