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Elliot Aronson

Elliot Aronson

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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:

or Google: NYT Interview Elliot Aronson

Primary Interests:

  • 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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Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Methods in Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Social Influence and Persuasion
  • The Life Cycle: Psychology & Philosophy of Meaning

Elliot Aronson
136 Tree Frog Lane
Santa Cruz, California 95060
United States

  • Phone: (831) 459-5084

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