painted itself into a corner

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The guild of behaviorists had by 1965 painted itself into a corner. We did experiments on pigeons pecking disks for grain, on rats pressing bars for Purina pellets, on rats becoming afraid of tones, and very little else. But we dubbed our findings, grandly, "the laws of learning"---not "the laws of hungry pigeon learning" or "the laws of rat learning."

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