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Jerome Kagan (born 1929) is one of the key pioneers of developmental psychology. Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Harvard University, he has shown that an infant's "temperament" is quite stable over time, in that certain behaviors in infancy are predictive of certain other behavior patterns in adolescence.
Kagan was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. In 1951 he married Cele Katzman, and they have one daughter. He spent a year as an instructor in psychology at Ohio State University. After two years as a psychologist at the U.S. Army Hospital at West Point, he did research in developmental psychology at Ohio's Fels Institute (1957-64) before beginning his career at Harvard University.
He spent a year as an instructor in psychology at Ohio State University. After two years as a psychologist at the U.S. Army Hospital at West Point, he did research in developmental psychology at Ohio's Fels Institute (1957-64) before beginning his career at Harvard University.
Main areas of interest
He conducted extensive research on child development and
Kagan won the Hofheimer Prize of the American Psychiatric Association in 1963. He won the G. Stanley Hall Award of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1994.
Editorial board/consulting editor
- Kagan, J. (1971) Change and Continuity in infancy, New York: John Wiley.
- Kagan, J,(1971) Personal Development.
- Kagan, J,(1978) Growth of the Child.
- Kagan, J,(1982) The Nature of the Child.
- Kagan, J and Lamb,S (1990) The Emergence of Morality in Young Children. University of Chicago Press ISBN 0226422321
- Kagan, J & Snidman N,(2004) The Long Shadow of Temperament,Belknap Press.
- Kagan, J,(2006)Argument for Mind. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300113374
- Kagan, J. (1970) The determinants of attention in the infant, American Scientist 58: 298-306.
- Kagan's NECSI Web Page (with a photo of him)
- The Ideas of Jerome Kagan A link to the CBC Radio One Ideas Show
- Interview with Jerome Kagan (CBC Radio One Ideas Podcast, (no longer available))
- The Meaning of Psychological Abnormality by Jerome Kagan
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- Haggbloom, S.J. et al. (2002). The 100 Most Eminent Psychologists of the 20th Century. Review of General Psychology. Vol. 6, No. 2, 139–15. Haggbloom et al combined 3 quantitative variables: citations in professional journals, citations in textbooks, and nominations in a survey given to members of the Association for Psychological Science, with 3 qualitative variables (converted to quantitative scores): National Academy of Science (NAS) membership, American Psychological Association (APA) President and/or recipient of the APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and surname used as an eponym. Then the list was rank ordered.