Elliot Aronson's primary research interests reside in the general area of social influence. Throughout his career he has tried to do experiments that would integrate his passion about basic science with his desire to apply these research findings toward improving the human condition (e.g., to reduce prejudice, deter bullying, and convince people to conserve energy and other natural resources).
Professor Aronson is the only psychologist to have won APA's highest awards in all three major academic categories: For distinguished writing (1973), for distinguished teaching (1980), and for distinguished research (1999). In 2002, he was listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century (APA Monitor, July/August, 2002). In 2007, he received the William James Award for Distinguished Research from the Association for Psychological Science.
Professor has taught at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Stanford University. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with Vera, his wife of more than 55 years.
For further information, please see his publications as well as these links:
APA Science Award:
New York Times Interview with Aronson:
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- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Communication, Language
- Group Processes
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Interpersonal Processes
- Person Perception
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
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- Aronson, E. (2010). Not by chance alone: My life as a social psychologist. New York: Basic Books.
- Aronson, E. (2008). The social animal (10th ed.). New York: Worth/Freeman. [Translated into 14 foreign languages]
- Aronson, E. (2000). Nobody left to hate: Teaching compassion after Columbine. New York: Henry Holt.
- Aronson, E., & Aronson, R. (2005). The adventures of Ruthie and a little boy named Grandpa--A children's book. iUniverse.
- Aronson, E., Ellsworth, P., Carslmith, J. M., & Gonzales, M. (1990). Methods of research in social psychology (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Aronson, E., & Patnoe, S. (2011). Cooperation in the classroom: The jigsaw method (3rd ed.). London: Pinter & Martin, Ltd.
- Aronson, E., & Pratkanis, A. R. (1993). Social psychology: The most outstanding research (Vol. 1, 2, & 3). London: Elgar Ltd.
- Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2010). Social psychology (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Ed.). (2008). Readings about the social animal (10th ed.). New York: Worth/Freeman.
- Gonzales, M., Tavris, C., & Aronson, J. (Eds.). (2010). The scientist and the humanist: A Festschrift in honor of Elliot Aronson. New York: Psychology Press.
- Lindzey, G., & Aronson, E. (1968 & 1985). The handbook of social psychology (2nd & 3rd ed.). New York: Random House.
- Pratkanis, A. R., & Aronson, E. (2001). Age of propaganda: The everyday use and abuse of persuasion. New York: Henry Holt.
- Stern, P. C., & Aronson, E. (1984). Energy use: The human dimension. New York: W. H. Freeman.
- Tavris, C., & Aronson, E. (2007). Mistakes were made (but not by me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts. New York: Harcourt.
- Aronson, E. (2012, August 29). Todd Akin, cognitive dissonance, and the quest for decency. Huffington Post.
- Aronson, E. (2002). Drifting my own way: Following my nose and my heart. In R. Sternberg (Ed.), Psychologists defying the crowd: Stories of those who battled the establishment and won. Washington, DC: APA Books.
- Experimental Methods in Social Psychology
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Social Influence and Persuasion
- The Life Cycle: Psychology & Philosophy of Meaning
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