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Gordon H. Bower is a cognitive psychologist studying of human memory, language comprehension, emotion, and behavior modification. He received his Ph.D. in learning theory from Yale University in 1959. He is currently holds the A. R. Lang Chair Professorship at Stanford University.

He was voted no 42 in the list of most notable psychologists of the 20th century, published by Hagbloom {2002}



Chapters in books

  • Bower, G. H. (1999). A brief history of memory research. In E. Tulving & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Memory. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rinck, M., Bower, G. H. (1999). Goals as generators of activation in narrative understanding. In S. Goldman, A. Graesser, & P. van den Broek, (Eds.), Narrative Comprehension, Causality, and Coherence: Essays in Honor of Tom Trabasso. Saddle River, N.J.: Erlbaum Publishers.
  • Bower, G.H. (1972) Mental imagery and associative learning. In: L. Gregg (ed.) Cognition in Learning and Memory, New York: John Wiley.


  • Bower, G.H. (1969) Chunks as interference units in free recall, Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behaviour 8:610-13.
  • Bower, G.H. (1981) Mood and memory, American Psychologist 36: 129-48.
  • Bower, G.H. and Karlin, M.B. (1974) Depth of processing pictures of faces and recognition memory, Journal of Experimental Psychology 103: 751-7.

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