Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Hebb, Donald (1904–1985)

  • Amy AldersonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_624

Major Appointments

  • Professor, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1932–1942)

  • Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (1947–1972)

  • Professor Emeritus, McGill University, Montreal, Ontario (1972–1980)

  • Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1980–1985)

Major Honors and Awards

  • Hebb was a longstanding member of both the American Psychology Association (APA) and Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). In 1960, he was the first non-American to be elected President of the APA. The Donald O. Hebb Award, so named in his honor, is awarded to Canadians who have made distinguished contributions to the sciences. Hebb was the first recipient of this award in 1980.

Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions

  • A relative late-comer to psychology, Hebb graduated cum laude from McGill University in 1932 with a Master’s degree in psychology. His thesis was entitled Conditioned and Unconditioned Reflexes and Inhibition. Four years later in 1936, under...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA