HARRY J. JERISON, Ph. D (Selections from C.V.).


Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. School of Medicine, Health Sciences

                Center, University of California, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

                Use email rather than snail-mail to communicate.

mailto:hjerison@ucla.edu;  http://hjerison.bol.ucla.edu


Marital Status: Married Irene Landkof Jerison, December 17, 1950. 3 children. 5 grandchildren.




1946‑1947  B.S.  University of Chicago (Biological Sciences)

1947‑1954  Ph.D. University of Chicago (Psychology ‑ Biological Sciences)


Professional Experience:


1969‑Present         Professor (1969-1992) then Professor Emeritus (1992-Present), Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology, UCLA. Since 1980, Fellow, Center for the Study of the Evolution and Origin of Life (CSEOL), UCLA. Since 2004, Research Associate, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Since 2008, Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology and Rancho La Brea, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


1998-1999               Fellow (Sept 1998 - March 1999), Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Hanse Institute for Advanced Study), Delmenhorst, Germany.


1995                        Langston Lecturer, University of Texas (Geology)


1993-1994               Visiting  Professor (1993‑94), Department of Psychology, University College London.


1989                        Visiting Professor (July‑September), Max‑Planck‑Institute f. Biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen, Germany; James Arthur Lecturer, American Museum of Natural History.


1987                        Visiting Professor (July‑August), Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii.


1986‑1987               Visiting Professor, Istituto di Antropologia, Universita di Firenze, Italy; Director, NATO ASI: "Evolutionary Biology of Intelligence."  Poppi, Italy; Academic Visitor (Oct‑Dec, 1986), Dept. of Zoology, Oxford University, UK


1983                        Scholar in Residence (Sept‑Oct), Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy


1978‑1979               Visiting Scientist, Medical Research Council, Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK


1967‑1968               Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California


1957‑1969               Associate Professor to Professor, Departments of Psychology and Biology, and Director, Behavior Research Laboratory, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio


1951‑1952               Lecturer in Psychology, University of Indiana, South Bend, Indiana


1949‑1957               Research Psychologist, Aero Medical Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio (on leave, 1950‑1952)




Jerison, H. J. & Pickett, R. M. 1963. Vigilance: a review and re‑evaluation. Human Factors, 5:211‑238. 


Jerison, H. J., Pickett, R. M. & Stenson, H. H. 1965. The elicited observing  rate and decision processes in vigilance. Human Factors 7:107‑128.


Jerison, H. J. 1977. Vigilance: Biology, psychology, theory, and practice: keynote address. In Mackie, R. R. (ed.). Vigilance: Theory, operational performance, and physiological correlates.  27‑40. New York, Plenum.


Warm, J.S. and Jerison, H.J. 1984. The psychophysics of vigilance. In Warm, J. S. (ed.) Sustained attention in human performance. 15‑59. New York, Wiley.





Jerison, H. J. 1955. Brain to body ratios and the evolution of intelligence. Science 121:447‑449.


Jerison, H. J. 1961. Quantitative analysis of evolution of the brain in mammals. Science 133:1012‑1014.


Jerison, H. J. 1969. Brain evolution and dinosaur brains. American Naturalist 103:575‑588.


Jerison, H. J. 1973. Evolution of the brain and intelligence. New York, Academic Press.


Jerison, H.J. 1976. Paleoneurology and the evolution of mind. Scientific American 234(1):90‑101. 


Jerison, H. J. 1977. The theory of encephalization. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 299:146‑160.


Jerison, H. J. 1979. Brain, body, and encephalization in early primates. Journal of Human Evolution 8:615‑635.


Jerison, H. J. 1982. The evolution of biological intelligence. In Sternberg, R. J. (ed.). Handbook of human intelligence. 723‑791. Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press.


Jerison, H.J. 1985. Animal intelligence as encephalization. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London). B308:21‑35.


Jerison, H.J. 1985. Issues in brain evolution. In Oxford Surveys in Evolutionary Biology, 2:102‑134. 


Jerison, H.J. 1986. The perceptual worlds of dolphins. In Schusterman, R.J., Thomas, J., &  Wood, F.G. (Eds.) Dolphin cognition and behavior: a comparative approach. 141‑166. Hillsdale, N.J., Erlbaum.


Jerison, H.J. & Jerison, I.L. (Eds.). 1988. Intelligence and evolutionary biology.  Heidelberg, Berlin, New York, Springer‑Verlag.


Jerison, H.J. 1990. Fossil evidence on the evolution of the neocortex. In Jones, E.G. & Peters, A. (eds.) Cerebral Cortex, Vol. 8A. Pp. 285‑309. New York, Plenum. 


Jerison, H.J. 1991. Fossil brains and the evolution of the neocortex. In Finlay, B., G. Innocenti & H. Scheich (eds.)  The Neocortex:  Ontogeny and Phylogeny, 5‑42.  Plenum Press, New York.


Jerison, H.J. 1991.  Brain size and the evolution of mind.  The 59th James Arthur Lecture on the Evolution of the Human Brain.  New York, American Museum of Natural History.


Jerison, H.J. (1997). Evolution of prefrontal cortex.  In Krasnegor, N.A., Lyon, R., & Goldman-Rakic, P.S. (eds.) Development of the prefrontal cortex: Evolution, neurobiology, and behavior. Pp. 9-26.  Baltimore, Maryland, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.


Jerison, H.J. (2000).  Evolution of intelligence.  In Sternberg, R. (ed.) Handbook of human intelligence., 2nd Ed. Pp. 216-244. Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press.


Jerison, H.J. (2001).  The evolution of neural and behavioral complexity.  In Roth, G. & Wulliman, M.F. (Eds.). Brain evolution and cognition. Pp.523-553.  New York, Wiley & Sons.


Jerison, H.J. (2001) Adaptation and preadaptation in hominid evolution. In Tobias, P.V., Raath, M.A., Moggi-Cecchi. J. & Doyle, G.A. (Eds.) Humanity from African Naissance to Coming Millennia. Pp. 373-378. Firenze University Press, Florence, Italy and  Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Most pdf files available for download are final drafts before final copy-editing; citations should be based on the published texts.

Jerison, H. J. (1991). Brain size and the evolution of mind. The 59th James Arthur Lecture on the Evolution of the Human Brain. New York, American Museum of Natural History.

Jerison, H. J. (2001). The study of primate brain evolution: Where do we go from here?  In Falk, D. & Gibson, K. (Eds.)  Evolutionary anatomy of the primate cerebral cortex, Pp. 305-337. Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press.


Jerison, H.J. (2001). On theory in comparative psychology. In R. J. Sternberg & J. C. Kaufman, (Eds.). The Evolution of Intelligence. Pp. 251-288. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associate.


Jerison, H.J. (2003).  Preface.  In Kohring,R. & Kreft, G. (Eds.) Tilly Edinger - Leben und Werke einer juedischen Wissenschaftlerin.- Senckenberg-Buch Nr. 76. Pp. 5-6, Senckenberganlage 25,  Frankfurt/Main.


Jerison, H.J. (2004).  Brain size.  In  Adelman, G. & Smith, B.H. (Eds.)  Encyclopedia of Neuroscience 3rd Edition. Amsterdam, Elsevier. [CD edition]


Jerison, H.J. (2004).  Dinosaur Brains.  In  Adelman, G. & Smith, B.H. (Eds.)  Encyclopedia of Neuroscience 3rd Edition. Amsterdam, Elsevier. [CD edition]


[I have a 2004, 4.6 mb, 20-slide, powerpoint lecture covering approximately the same material on dinosaur brains, “What makes a Dino-sore? Calling Him a Birdbrain.”.]


Jerison, H.J. (2006)  Evolution of the frontal lobes.  In Miller, B.L. & Cummings, J.L. (Eds.) The Human Frontal Lobes, Second Edition: Functions and Disorders. 107-118. New York,.Guilford Press.


Jerison H.J. (2007) What Fossils Tell Us about the Evolution of the Neocortex.  In Kaas, J.H. & Krubizer, L.A. (Eds.)Evolution of Nervous System (4 vols).  New York and Oxford, Elsevier.


Jerison, H.J. (2007).  Fossils, brains, and behavior.  In Watanabe, S. & Hofman, M.A. (eds). Integration of Comparative Neuroanatomy and Cognition. Pp. 13-31. Tokyo, Keio University Press.


Jerison, H.J. (2012).  Digitized fossil brains: neocorticalization.  Biolinguistics, 6:383-392.