John Dollard and Dr. Neal Miller. In the early 1940's these two men took animal models of human behavior and began to develop a theory of learning in an attempt to cast psychoanalytic theory in a form that could be subjected to scientific examination and study in the laboratory. By translating Freud's theory into concepts and language more readily suited for the lab, Dollard and Miller developed a theory of personality from animal and human research that stressed the importance of learning and found basis in a small number of discernible, simple processes and elements. And thus, Dollard and Miller's Social Learning Theory was created.
The first of this pair, John Dollard, was born on August 29th, 1900 in the town of Menasha, Wisconsin. In 1922 Dollard would receive an A.B. from the University of Wisconsin before earning a M.A. in 1930 and a Ph. D. in the area of sociology in 1931 from the University of Chicago. From the time between 1926 and 1929 Dollard served as assistant to the president of the University of Chicago and would in 1932 accept a position as assistant professor of sociology in the newly organized Institute of Human Relations. In 1935 he became a research associate for the ins