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Donald Olding Hebb
BornJuly 22, 1904(1904-07-22)
Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedAugust 20, 1985(1985-08-20) (aged 81)
Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
InstitutionsMontreal Neurological Institute,
Queen's University,
Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology,
McGill University[1]
Alma materDalhousie University (BA, 1925),
McGill University (MA, 1932),
Harvard University (PhD, 1936)
Known forCell assembly theory
Notable awardsFellow of the Royal Society[2]

Donald Olding Hebb FRS (July 22, 1904 – August 20, 1985) was a Canadian psychologist. His works were about the area of neuropsychology. His works were about how to understand the function of neurons to psychological processes such as learning. His best known work was The Organization of Behavior.[3] He was ranked as the 19th most cited psychologist of the 20th century.[4]


  1. Biographies of Donald Olding Hebb Archived November 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Milner, P. M.; Milner, B. (1996). "Donald Olding Hebb. 22 July 1904-20 August 1985". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 42: 192–204. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1996.0012 . PMID 11619332 . 
  3. Hebb, D. O. (1949). The Organization of Behavior: A Neuropsychological Theory. New York: Wiley and Sons. ISBN 9780471367277 . 
  4. Haggbloom, Steven J.; Warnick, Renee; Warnick, Jason E.; Jones, Vinessa K.; Yarbrough, Gary L.; Russell, Tenea M.; Borecky, Chris M.; McGahhey, Reagan et al. (2002). "The 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century.". Review of General Psychology 6 (2): 139–152. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.6.2.139 .