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ROBERT EPSTEIN received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1981 from Harvard University. He has published more than 70 scholarly and scientific articles in journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and he is the author of Generativity Theory, a formal, scientific theory of creativity. His research on creativity and problem solving has been reported in Time magazine, the New York Times, and Discover. He is author of a book on self-control and of the recent books Cognition, Creativity, and Behavior: Selected Essays (Praeger) and Creativity Games (McGraw-Hill). He is also the editor of two books of the writings of the late Professor B. F. Skinner. Dr. Epstein is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts and has served on the faculties of Boston University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of California San Diego. He maintains a laboratory at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology of the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University. He also directs an annual computer contest offering $100,000 to the designers of the first computer to convince people it's human. His popular writings have appeared in Reader's Digest, Parenting, The Washington Post, and other magazines and newspapers, and his commentaries on AIDS, behavioral medicine, and other topics have aired worldwide on the Voice of America and National Public Radio. He has served as the Chair of the Psychology Department at National University and in 1994 and 1995 served as that university's first Research Professor. He was recently appointed a consulting editor to Psychology Today. His newest book, Pure Fitness: Body Meets Mind, co-authored with Lori "Ice" Fetrick of TVs "American Gladiators," is scheduled to appear in July 1996 (Masters Press), and his sci-fi parody, Irrelativity, will appear this fall (Astrion Press). He is currently at work on a series of children's books that teach traditional values, and he expects to publish two new books on stress management in 1997.