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Leon Festinger (1438)

Interests
Cognition, communication and social influence, statistics
Nationality
American
Born
1919, New York City, USA
Died
1989, New York, USA
Short Biography
Leon Festinger (8 May 1919 – 11 February 1989) was an American social psychologist, perhaps best known for cognitive dissonance and social comparison theory. His theories and research are credited with repudiating the previously dominant behaviorist view ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
Education
  • BS City College of New York, 1939
  • MA State University of Iowa, 1940
  • PhD State University of Iowa, 1942
Appointments & Honors
  • Hon. Dr, University of Mannheim, 1978
  • Else and Hans Staudinger Professor of Psychology, New School of Social Research, Stanford, 1955-89
  • Member of National Academy of Science
  • APA Distinguished Scientist Award, 1959
  • Fellow, AAAS, 1945
  • Member of Society of Experimental Psychologists
  • Distinguished Senior Scientists Award
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 1980
  • Einstein Visiting Fellow, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1980-1
Principal Publications
  • 1943 A quantitative theory of decision. Psychological Review, 50, 595-621 (with D. Cartwright).
  • 1950 Informal social communication. Psychological Review, 57, 271-82.
  • 1951 Interpersonal communication in small groups. Journal of Abnormal Social Psychology, 46, 92-9 (with J. Thibaut).
  • 1954 A theory of social comparison processes. Human Relations, 117-40.
  • 1957 A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. Row, Peterson.
  • 1961 The psychological effects of insufficient reward. American Psychologist, 16, 1-12.
  • 1962 Deterrents and Reinforcement: The Psychology of Insufficient Reward. Stanford University Press (with D. H. Lawrence).
  • 1964 Conflict, Decision and Dissonance. Stanford University Press.
  • 1968 Eye movements and decrement in the Miiller- Lyer illusion. Perception and Psychophysics, 3, 376-82 (with C. W. White and M. R. Allyn).
  • 1974 Inferences about the efferent system based on a perceptual illusion produced by eye movements. Psychological Review, 81, 44-58 (with A. M. Easton).
  • 1976 Visual percepti_on during smooth pursuit eye movements. Vision Research, 16, 1377-86 (with H. A. Sedgwick and J. D. Holtzman).
  • 1978 Retinal image smear as a source of information about magnitude of eye movement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 4, 573-85 (with J. Holtzman).
  • 1980 (ed.) Retrospections on Social Psychology. Oxford University Press.
  • 1981 Human nature and human competence. Social Research, 48, 306-21.