Jerome Kagan

Jerome Kagan

Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology, Emeritus - Harvard University

Jerome Kagan is emeritus professor of psychology at Harvard University. His research has centered on the cognitive and emotional development of infants and children.

His book The Second Year (Harvard University Press, 1981) described the emergence of a moral sense in the second year. During the last twenty-eight years, he and colleagues have concentrated on the life course of infants who possessed one of the temperamental biases called high or low reactivity. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has received  distinguished scientist awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Child-Mind Institute. Kagan received his PhD from Yale University in 1954 and taught at the Ohio State University and Antioch College before joining the Harvard faculty in 1964.

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