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James Sidanius, who theorized societies are built on ethno-racial hierarchies, dies at 75

July 8, 2021

ames H. Sidanius devoted much of his career to the pursuit of one question: Why are societies always hierarchical, with some groups at the top and others at the bottom?

The John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in memory of William James and of African and African American Studies, who died June 29 at age 75, knew from a young age how inequality and oppression functioned in his own society. He got involved in Civil Rights, Black liberation, and anti-war activism as a teenager in New York City, and saw that legislative efforts to win rights for Black people did not erase their...

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Jerome Kagan

Jerome Kagan, a 'towering' child psychologist across six decades, dies at 92

June 2, 2021

 

Jerome Kagan, whose relentless curiosity and formidable intelligence were as notable as his driving habits, died May 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 92 years old.

During his storied, six-decade career in developmental child psychology — 36 of them spent teaching at Harvard — Kagan unraveled previously held ideas and introduced new theories about how children’s behavior and traits develop from infancy through adolescence.

 

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Elizabeth A. Phelps

Elizabeth Phelps Wins George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

October 29, 2020


Harvard professor Elizabeth A. Phelps was named this year’s winner of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Winners of the prize are honored for a career characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience that has the potential to revolutionize the field.

The prize is presented by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and was established in 1995 to honor the career of psychologist George A. Miller. Miller was one of...

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Katie McLaughlin

Katie McLaughlin Awarded Prestigious MERIT Award from NIMH

February 12, 2020
MERIT Awards are nominated and awarded by NIH and “provide long-term, stable support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner.”
Susan Carey

Susan Carey awarded the National Academy of Sciences 2020 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

January 22, 2020

Carey’s research examines the fundamental question of how humans construct knowledge through processes such as face processing, social cognition, numerical representation, word learning, counting, and explanation. Her studies in all of these areas...

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Tessa Charlesworth

Grad Student Tessa Charlesworth selected as 2020 Harvard Horizons Scholar

January 22, 2020
Congratulations to grad student, Tessa Charlesworth, for being selected as a 2020 Harvard Horizons Scholar
Harvard Horizons Scholars are PhD candidates chosen for their outstanding research to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring designed to enhance their presentation skills. The program culminates in a campus-wide Harvard Horizons Symposium, which will...
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