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Ellen Langer (1185)

Adult development and ageing, personality and social, health, psychological study of social issues, psychology of women
1947, New York City, USA
Short Biography
Ellen Jane Langer (born March 25, 1947) is a professor of psychology at Harvard University, having in 1981 become the first woman ever to be tenured in psychology at Harvard. Langer studies the illusion of control, decision-making, aging, and mindfulness ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
  • BA New York University, 1970
  • PhD Yale University, 1974
Appointments & Honors
  • Professor of Psychology, Chair, Social Psychology Program, Harvard University
  • 1982
  • Fellow, APA
  • Executive Committee, SESP
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Review of Personality and Social Psychology, Sex Roles, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Principal Publications
  • 1974 A patient by any other name ... : Clinician group differences in labelling bias. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 42, 4-9 (with R. Abelson).
  • 1975 Reduction of psychological stress in surgical patients. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 11, 155-65 (with I. Janis and J. Wolfer).
  • 1975 The illusion of control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 32, 311-28.
  • 1976 The effects of enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: A field experiment in an institutional setting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 34, 191-8 (with J. Rodin).
  • 1978 Self-induced dependence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 36, 886-93 (with A. Benevento).
  • 1978 Rethinking the role of thought in social interaction. In J. Harvey, W. Ickes and R. Kidd (eds), New Directions in Attribution Research. Erlbaum.
  • 1979 When practice makes imperfect: The debilitating effects of overleaming. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 2014-25 (with L. Imber).
  • 1981 Premature cognitive commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41, 1051-63.
  • 1982 Old age: An artifact? In S. Kiesler and J. Mc Gaugh (eds), Aging: Biology and Behavior. Academic Press.
  • 1983 Psychology of Control. Sage.
  • 1986 Human Growth Beyond Formal Operations. Oxford University Press (ed. with C. Alexander and R. Oetzel).
  • 1987 Prevention of mindlessness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 53, 280-7 (with P. Piper).
  • 1989 Mindfulness. Addison-Wesley. (trans. into Japanese, French, Swedish, German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish and Dutch).
  • 1990 Higher Stages of Human Development: Perspectives on Adult Growth. Oxford University Press.
  • 1996 Beliefs, Reasoning and Decision-Making: Psycho-Logic in Honor of Robert Abelson. Erlbaum (with R. Schank).