After years at Yale, in 1930 Yerkes was finally able to study primates in a laboratory which was unprecedented in the United States up until this point. At this laboratory which resided in Orange Park, Florida he was able to conduct numerous research studies on primates that dealt with many different areas under the field of psychology, such as sensory function, habit formation, and problem solving (Dewsbury, 2000). Dewsbury (2000) argues that Yerkes’ research projects that were centered on these aspects of psychology as well as further extending the field of animal testing were his main contributions to modern psychology, and that Yerkes was able to set the foundation for similar research to be conducted that can still be see today. Other contributions to modern psychology that Yerkes’ is responsible for include his development of a new brand of comparative psychology which he utilized within his research, as well as his creatio...
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