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George A. Miller dies at 92; pioneer of cognitive psychology
George A. Miller dies at 92; pioneer of cognitive psychology

George A. Miller, an iconoclastic psychologist who played a crucial role in shifting his field from the study of behaviors to the direct examination of thought processes, died July 22 at his home in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 92 and died of complications of pneumonia and dementia. And if you need to look up "iconoclastic," you may find that the definition comes from WordNet, a massive online reference that Miller started in hopes of allowing computers to understand human language. When Miller began his research in the early 1950s, psychologists believed that human thought processes could not be studied directly. Rather, they focused on behaviors and responses to stimuli, working...

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