Dr. Elliot Aronson is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Cruz and probably the most renowned social psychologists on this planet. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. Dr. Elliot is the only individual in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have acquired all three of its major awards: for distinguished teaching, distinguished writing, and distinguished research. Many different professional societies have honored his teaching and research as well. These include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which gave him its highest honor, the Distinguished Scientific Research award; the American Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which named him Professor of the Year of 1989; the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which awarded him the Gordon Allport prize for his contributions to the reduction of prejudice amongst racial and ethnic groups; and the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. A set of papers and tributes by his former students and colleagues, The Scientist and the Humanist, celebrates his contributions to social psychological theory and its application to real-world issues. Elliot’s own recent books for general audiences include Mistakes Were Made (but not by ME), with Carol Tavris, and a memoir, Not by Chance Alone: My Life as a Social Psychologist.
Professor Robin Akert graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she majored in psychology and sociology. Robin got her PhD in experimental social psychology from Princeton University. She is at present a Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College, where she was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching early in her profession. She publishes primarily in the area of nonverbal communication, and just lately obtained the AAUW American Fellowship in support of her research. Dr. Akert has taught the social psychology course at Wellesley College for over thirty years.
Dr. Sam Sommers earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Since 2003 he has been a faculty member within the Department of Psychology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Sommers' research examines issues associated to prejudice, stereotyping, and group diversity with a specific interest in how these processes play out within the legal domain. He has received multiple teaching awards at Tufts, including the Advising and the Gerald R. Gill Professor of the Year Award and Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching. Sommers was also inducted into the Tufts Corridor of Diversity for his efforts to promote an inclusive climate on campus for all college students. He has testified as an expert witness on issues related to jury racial bias, decision-making, and eyewitness memory in criminal trial proceedings in seven states. His first general audience book on social psychology was printed in 2011, titled Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World. His next book, titled Your Brain on Sports, is co-authored with L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated and was published in 2016.
Dr. Tim Wilson did his undergraduate work at Williams College and Hampshire College and obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan. Presently Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, he has published quite a few articles in the areas of introspection, attitude change, self-knowledge, and effective forecasting, in addition to a recent book, Redirect: The Shocking New Science of Psychological Change. His research has received the support of the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. He has been elected twice to the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is a Fellow in the American Psychological Society and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2001 he was awarded the University of Virginia All-University Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2010 was given the University of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award.He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. In 2015 he got the William James Fellows Award from the Association for Psychological Science. Wilson has taught the Introduction to Social Psychology course at the University of Virginia for more than thirty years.
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