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Date:5/1/2009

essor emeritus of psychology at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, who provides a vision for rational behaviorism as "the next big step" in his epilogue.

Haywood, one of Rumbaugh's first students in comparative psychology and statistical methods, "offers a cogent description of the place occupied by rational behaviorism relative to radical behaviorism within the larger evolutionary framework, suggesting a 'kind of sequencing that can provide the springboard to a generation or more of conceptualizing and empirical research,'" Naour wrote. "It remains to readers whether you are inspired by Haywood to draw upon that springboard progressing 'from simple to complex explanatory principles, and ultimately from attempts to explain simple and single acts to the explanation of complex, creative and original thought.'"

Rumbaugh said that through his book, Naour is making the theory of rational behaviorism and emergents more accessible to scholars and "can without doubt advance these ideas in a different way."

"This re-engages the question and reinvigorates the debate," Rumbaugh said.

Rumbaugh said that in addition to his own research in comparative primate learning and language, Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's language research with apes, particularly the bonobos now living at Great Ape Trust, helped stimulate his comprehensive theory of learning and behavior. Colleagues important to Rumbaugh's theory also include his co-authors in a 2007 publication in the International Journal of Primatology: Professor Emeritus James E. King of the University of Arizona; Dr. Michael Beran and Dr. David Washburn, both of the Language Research Center at Georgia State University; and Dr. Kristy Gould of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

"My own aspiration has been to achieve a more rational and integrated understanding of learning, behavior, intelligence, cognition and creative thought that embraces the animal kingdom and humankind as well," he said. "The role and ope
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Contact: Al Setka
asetka@greatapetrust.org
515-243-3580
Great Ape Trust of Iowa
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