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Jerzy Konorski

Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland 
"Jerzy Konorski"

Konorski was born in the Polish city of Lódz. From his earliest student days, he was fascinated by brain function, and while studying medicine at Warsaw University, he came into contact with Pavlov's work. Although inspired by Pavlov's ideas, he doubted that Pavlovian mechanisms could explain all formsof acquired behavior, especially instrumental or operant conditioning. Along with a fellow student, Stephan Miller, he set up a makeshift conditioning laboratory to investigate whether instrumental and classical (Pavlovian) conditioning obey the same principles of reinforcement. On the basis of this work, Miller and Konorski (1969) published the first statement of the distinction between the two forms of conditioning in 1928, while they were still students. The existence and importance of this distinction was not realized in the West until Konorski and Miller entered into a published debate with B. F. Skinner on the matter in the next decade.
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Ivan Petrovich Pavlov research scientist 1931-1933 Imperial Medical Academy
 (Konorski invited to Pavlov's lab upon K's discovery of instrumental conditioning.)


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Guy Santibañez research assistant Universidad de Chile (Neurotree)
Yo Miyata grad student (Neurotree)
Tatiana Pasternak grad student Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (Neurotree)
Wanda Wyrwicka grad student Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Marina Zalewska grad student Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Andrzej Zbrozyna grad student
Boguslaw Zernicki grad student Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Kazimierz Zielinski grad student Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Stefan S. Soltysik grad student 1973 Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Gaylord D. Ellison post-doc Nencki Institute (Neurotree)
Wlodzimierz M. Kozak research scientist (Neurotree)
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Soltysik S, Konorski J, Holownia A, et al. (1976) The effect of conditioned stimuli signalling food upon the autochthonous instrumental responses in dogs. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 36: 277-310
Tarnecki R, Yu J, Liu N, et al. (1975) The effect of cerebellar lesions on instrumental responses executed against resistance. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 35: 677-98
Zablocka T, Konorski J, Zernicki B. (1975) Visual discrimination learning in cats with different early visual experiences. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 35: 389-98
Konorski J. (1975) [Some hypotheses concerning the functional organization of the prefrontal cortex. I. Preliminary remarks]. Acta Physiologica Polonica. 26: 3-22
Konorski J. (1974) Classical and instrumental conditioning: the general laws of connections between "centers". Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 34: 5-13
Dobrzecka C, Konorski J. (1973) The effect of dissection of corpus callosum on differentiation of instrumental reflexes to symmetrical tactile stimuli in dogs. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 33: 543-51
Konorski J. (1973) On two types of conditional reflex: general laws of association. Conditional Reflex. 8: 2-9
Konorski J, Budohoska W, Celi?ski M, et al. (1973) Analysis of perception of complex visual stimulus-patterns. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 33: 497-507
Yu J, Tarnecki R, Chambers WW, et al. (1973) Mechanisms mediating ipsilateral limb hyperflexion after cerebellar paravermal cortical ablation or cooling. Experimental Neurology. 38: 144-56
Konorski J. (1973) Obituaries. In memory of Professor Mieczyslaw Minkowski. 1884-1972. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 33: 659-61
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