behavioranalysishistory / Marr, M Jackson
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Marr, M Jackson

(birth - death)


Primary Areas of Study


Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Animal Behavior

Instructional Design

Theory and Philosophy in Behavior Analysis




Selected Papers


  • Marr, M.J., Thomas, E.W., Benne, M.R., Thomas, A., Hume, R.M.  (1999).  Development of instructional systems for teaching an electricity and magnetism course for engineers.  American Journal of Physics. 67, 789-802.
  • Marr, J.  (2000).  Happiest thought: Dynamics and behavior.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 107-108.
  • Marr, J.  (2000).  What is the net worth?  Some thoughts on neural networks and behavior.  Revista Mexicana de Análisis de la Conducta, 26, 273-287.
  • Thomas, A., Benne, M.R., Marr, M.J., Thomas, E.W., & Hume, R.M.  (2000).  The evidence remains stable: The MBTI predicts attraction and attrition in an engineering program.  Journal of Psychological Types, 55, 35-42.
  • Marr, M.J.  (2003).  The stitching and the unstitching: What can behavior analysis have to say about creativity?  The Behavior Analyst, 26, 15-27.
  • Bashaw, M.J., Bloomsmith, M.A., Maple, T.L., & Marr, M.J.  (2003).  To hunt or not to hunt: A feeding enrichment experiment with captive wild felids.  Zoo Biology, 22, 189-198.
  • Marr, M.J.  (2003)  Frames and relations: A review of Relational Frame Theory.  Contemporary Psychology, 48, 526-529.
  • Marr, J.  (2003).  Empiricism.  In K.A. Lattal & P. Chase (Eds.).  Behavior Theory and Philosophy (pp. 63-81).  NY: Kluver Academic.
  • Marr, J.  (2003)  The what, the how, and the why: The Explanation of Ernst Mach.  Behavior and Philosophy,31, 181-192
  • Marr, M. Jackson (2004). Dimension in Action and the Problem of Behavioral Units. In Jose´ Burgos & Emilio Ribes (Eds.), Theory, Basic and Applied Research, and Technological Applications in Behavioral Science: Conceptual and Methodological Issues (pp. 151-177). Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Marr, M. Jackson (2006). Through the looking glass: Symmetry in behavior principles? The Behavior Analyst, 29, 125-128.
  • Marr, M. Jackson (2006).  Behavior analysis and social issues: Some questions and concerns.  Behavior and Social Issues, 15, 57-67.
  • Kelling, A.S., Snyder, R.J., Gardner, W., Marr, M. J., Bloomsmith, M.A., & Maple, T.L. (2006). Color vision in the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Learning and Behavior, 34 (2), 154-161.
  • Marr, M. Jackson (2006). The emergence of emergence—one behaviorist’s perspective. In D. Washburn (Ed.), Primate Perspectives on Behavior and Cognition (pp. 99-108). American Psychological Association.
  • Bloomsmith, M. A., Marr, M. Jackson, & Maple, T. L. (2006). Addressing nonhuman primate behavioral problems through the application of operant conditioning: Is the human treatment approach a useful model? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 102, 205-222.
  • Marr, M. Jackson. (2006). A major trio. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 86, 355-357.


Selected Books



SQAB Tutorial - What Good is Mathematics? Modeling in Behavior Analysis 

[video #45. Free full resolution video uploaded in SQAB ITunes Channel. To see the Tutorial in full resolution you need ITunes in the PC]


An interview with Jack Marr




Intellectual Ancestry


Major Mentors:  William Morse, Peter Dews, and Roger Kelleher



Additional Information


Bachelor's of Science (1961) from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Student mathematics, physics, and psychology.

Ph.D. (1966) in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill