Applied social psychology, media psychology, social psychology, society for the psychological study of social issues
1932, Revere, Massachusetts, USA
Elliot Aronson (born January 9, 1932) is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of reducing interethnic hostility and ...
Elliot Aronson (born January 9, 1932) is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of reducing interethnic hostility and prejudice. He is also known for his research on cognitive dissonance and his influential social psychology textbooks. In his (1972) text, The Social Animal, (now in its 11th edition), he stated Aronson's First Law: "People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy," thus asserting the importance of situational factors in bizarre behavior. He is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its major awards: for writing, for teaching, and for research. In 2007 he received the William James Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Psychological Science, In which he was cited as the scientist who "fundamentally changed the way we look at everyday life.” A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Aronson as the 78th most cited psychologist of the 20th century. He officially retired in 1994 but continues to teach and write.
Professor of Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz
AAAS, Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, 1970
National Media Award, APA 1973-
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Texas, 1973
APA Distinguished Teaching Award in Psychology, APA, 1980
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1981-2
President, Western Psychological Association, 1989-90
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992
Distinguished Scientific Career Award, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 1994
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, 1970-1, 1977-8, APA, APS
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, APA Division 9, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, International Association of Applied Social Science, APA Division 8, Society of Personality and Social Psychology
Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology
Advisory Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
1959 The effect of severity of initiation on liking for a group. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 59, 177-81 (with J. Mills).
1965 Gain and loss of esteem as determinants of interpersonal attractiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 1, 156-71 (with D. Linder).
1966 The effect of a pratfall on increasing interpersonal attractiveness. Psychonomic Science, 4, 227-8. (with B. Willerman and J. Floyd).
1968 Handbook of Social Psychology. Random House (with G. Lindzey). Reprinted 1985.
1968 My enemy's enemy is my friend. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 8-12 (with V. Cope).
1968 Dishonest behavior as a function of differential leYels of induced self esteem. Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology, 9, 121-7. (with D. R. Mettee).
1968 Dissonance theory: Progress and problems. In R. P. Abelson, E. Aronson, W. J. McGuire, T. W. Newcomb, M. J. Rosenberg and P. H. Tannenbaum (eds), Theories of Cognitive Consistency: A Sourcebook. Rand McNally.
1969 Experimentation in social psychology. In G. Lindzey and E. Aronson (eds), Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd edn, vol. II. Addison-Wesley (with J. M. Car!smith).
1972 The Social Animal. W. H Freeman. Reprinted 1976, 1980, 1984.
1978 The Jigsaw Classroom. Sage.
1978 Methods of Research in Social Psychology. Addison-Wesley (with P. C. Ellsworth and J. M. Carlsmith).
1981 Burnout. Free Press (with A. Pines).
1982 Modifying the environment of the desegregated classroom. In A. J. Stewart (ed.), Motivation and Society. Jossey-Bass.
1983 A social psychological perspective on energy conservation in residential buildings. American Psychologist, 38, 435-44 (with S. Yates).
1984 Energy Use: The Human Dimension. W. H. Freeman (with P. C. Stem).
1985 The Handbook of Social Psychology. Random House (3rd edn, with G. Lindzey).
1988 Career Burnout. Free Press (with A. Pines).
1990 Methods of Research in Social Psychology. McGraw-Hill (with P. C. Ellsworth, J. M. Carlsmith and Gonzale).
1992 Age of Propaganda. W. H. Freeman (with A. R. Pratkanis).
1993 Social Psychology, vols 1, 2, 3. Elgar (with A. R. Pratkanis).
1994 Social Psychology: The Heart and the Mind. Harper Collins (with T. Wilson and R. Akert).