Professor of Psychology,
Department of Psychology,
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis , MN, USA
Deparment of Biological and Medical Psychology
University of Bergen
Overmier's research spans specialties of learning, memory, stress, psychosomatic disorders, and their biological substrates. This research has been carried out with a variety of species of laboratory animals (fish, birds, mammals) as well as with human client volunteers (with Down's Syndrome, Korsakoff's Syndrome, or Alzheimer's Disease). The laboratory animals serve as models for various forms of human dysfunction and the development of therapies (e.g., "learned helplessness" first reported and named by Overmier & Seligman, 1967, and popularized by Seligman as a model for depression—although it may be a better model for post-traumatic stress syndrome).
Kenyon College Mathematics Prize, 1956.
Kenyon College Achievement Award in Chemistry, 1957.
Research Fellowship in Perception and Choice Behavior, 1962.
NIH Predoctoral Fellowship, 1963-65.
Society of the Sigma Xi (Research Soc Amer), 1963, 1970.
First Prize for Research, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, 1965.
APA/USNC/NSF Travel Awards, 1966 ( Russia), 1969 ( England), 1972 ( Japan), 1979 ( Poland), 1992 ( Brussels)
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1971.
Gesellschaft fur unendliche Versuche, elected 1970
National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1971-72 (at Department of Zoology and Comparative Physiology, Queen Mary College, University of London).
National Academy of Science Scientific Exchange Fellowship, 1972 (at Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland).
Elected Fellow, American Psychology Association: (“In recognition of unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology”) Divisions 3 and 25 (1972), Division 6 (1981), Division 1 (1997), Division 52 (2000)
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College, Fall 1979.
Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Lecturing 1980 (at the International Laboratory of Brain Research, Kotor, Yugoslavia)
Fogarty Senior International Fellowship for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences, 1984 (at Institute of Physiological Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway).
Bush Foundation Sabbatical Fellowship Award, 1984-85.
James McKeen Cattell Fellowship Award for 1985 (to Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, England)
President, Midwestern Psychological Association, 1987-88.
Norwegian Marshall Fund Fellow, 1987.
Norwegian Research Council (NAVF) Visiting Scholar, 1988
Scholar of the College Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1989-92.
Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation Award in Mental Retardation (institutional), 1989.
Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1989
President, Division of Physiological and Comparative Psychology (APA, Div. 6), 1990-91
Doctor of Science honorus causis, Kenyon College, 1990.
President, Division of Experimental Psychology (APA, Div. 3), 1992-93.
Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists, elected 1992
Certificate of Merit from the students of the Center for Research in Learning, Perception, and Cognition, 1994
President, Pavlovian Society, 1996-97
Society of the Sigma Xi National Distinguished Lecturer (1999-2001)
Quad-L Annual Award, University of New Mexico (1999)
2000 Outstanding Scholars of 20 th Century
Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service Award in Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology (2001)
President, Society for General Psychology (Div 1 APA), 2003
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Minnesota Psychological Association, 2003
W. Horsely Gantt Medal from Pavlovian Society, 2003
Outstanding Contributions to Psychology Award, Minnesota Psychological Association, 2004
Neal E. Miller Lecture Award, American Psychological Association Science Directorate, 2004.
President, International Union of Psychological Sciences, 2004-2008.
Bitterman , M.E., LoLordo, V. M., Overmier, & Rashotte, M.E. (1979). Animal Learning: Survey and Analysis NATO Advanced Study Institute Series, Series A: Life Sciences, Volume 19. 522 pp. New York: Plenum Press.
Also appears as:
"L'apprentissage chez l'animal: faits et theories" (1982). Tranduit et adapte de l'americain par Marc Blancheteau. Bruxelles: Pierre Mardoga.
Brush, F.R., & Overmier, J.B. (1985). Affect, Conditioning, and Cognition: Essays on the Determinants of Behavior. Hillsdale; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 388 pp.
Overmier, J.B., & Burke, P.D. (1992). Animal Models of Human Pathology: A Quarter Century of Behavioral Research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 322 pp.
Carroll , M.E. , & Overmier, J.B. (Eds.). (2001). Animal Research and Human Health: Advancing Human Welfare Through Behavioral Science. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 385 pp.
Published Articles and Chapters :
Overmier, J.B., Murison, R., & Milde, A.M. (2004). External events are internalized in the brain-gut axis. In P. Sikiric, S. Seiwerth, G. Mózsik, T. Arakawa, and K. Takeuchi, Proceedings of 11 th International Conference on Ulcer Research. Pp 447-454. Bologna, Italy: Monduzzi Editore.
Overmier, J.B. (2004). Science: Chicken or egg. Minnesota Psychologist, July, 20-23.
Lyte, M., Opitz, N., Goehler, L.E., Gaykema, R.P. & Overmier, J.B. (in press). Recommended housing conditions and test procedures can interact to obscure a significant experimental effect. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers,
Hochhalter, A.K., Overmier, J.B., Gasper , S.M., Bakke, B.L., and Holub, R.J. (2005). A comparison of spaced retrieval to other schedules of practice for people with dementia. Experimental Aging Research, 31, 101-118.
Glasner, S.V., Overmier, J.B., & Balleine, B.W. (2005). The role of Pavlovian cues in alcohol-seeking in dependent and non- dependent rats. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 53-61
Milde, A-M., Arslan, G., Overmier, J.B., Berstad, A., & Murison, R. (in press). An acute stressor enhances sensitivity to a chemical irritant and increases 51-CrEDTA permeability of the colon in adult rats. Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science,
Overmier, J.B., & Murison, R. (in press). Trauma and resulting effects are modulated by psychological factors. Psychoneuroendocrinology
Mok, L.W., Estevez, A.F., & Overmier, J.B. (in press). Response specific reward expectations engage a mnemonic process that can enhance student learning and memory. In O.-S. Tan, A.S.-H. Seng, & L. K.-H. Pou (Eds.), Enhancing cognitive functions: Applications Across Contexts, Vol 2. Singapore; McGraw Hill.
Mok, L.W., & Overmier, J.B. (submitted). Outcome-specific expectancies are effective in mediating choice behavior in normal human adults, too: A novel with-in-subjects demonstration of the differential outcomes effect.
Linwick , D.C., & Overmier, J.B. (in press). Associatively activated representations of food events resemble food-outcome expectancies more closely than food-based memories. Learning & Motivation,
Holden, J.M., Overmier, J.B., & Cowen, E.T. (in press). Effects of lipopolysaccharide on consolidation of partial learning in the Y- maze. Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science,
Overmier, J.B., Murison, R., & Milde, A-M. (submitted). Sensitization and conditioning as contributors to gastro- intestinal vulnerability. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical.