Alfred Baumeister attended the University of Alaska, where he took his bachelor of arts degree. After 3 years of high school teaching, he went on to George Peabody College for Teachers, obtaining his master's degree in 1959 and his Ph.D. in 1961. His primary interests and research activities have centered around measurement problems in mental deficiency. He has also conducted research concerned with the physiological correlates of mental retardation, particularly the relationship between brain damage and retention. After graduate school Dr. Baumeister served as a research associate at George Peabody College. He is now at Central Michigan University.
Gershon Berkson did undergraduate work as Oberlin College and received the M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. He then became a Fellow in the mental deficiency program at George Peabody College for Teachers. His interest in comparisons of the mentally deficient with normals began with studies of learning and then turned to attentional mechanisms. After a research internship at UCLA, where he gained experience with psychophysiological methods, he did a dissertation at the Edward R. Johnstone Training and Research Center and received the doctorate from George Peabody College in 1959. In the following year, Dr. Berkson continued his comparative studies as a USPHS postdoctoral Fellow at the Social Psychiatry Research Unit, London, England. On his return to the United States, he became a research associate at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology, where he studied psychophysiological responses of newborn chimpanzees and abnormal stereotyped movements of chimpanzees and mental defectives. Currently, he is a research associate at the Illinois Pediatric