Social Psychologists

Social psychologists study how the behavioral pattern of people is influenced by outside forces like other people in the society and social interactions. They study how a particular set of social groups affect the pattern of behavior exhibited by a single individual. A Social psychologist examines the personality, attitudes, motivations, feelings and emotional quotient of a person with relation to the environment he or she is exposed to. The field of social psychology, evolved during the 20th century in the United States of America. During the time of the World War II, many social psychologists studied the various facets of propaganda and persuasion and how they impacted the minds of people. It was only during the 1980’s and 1990’s that social psychology matured as a relevant field of study and application. Social psychologists also study why people are violent and engage in violence. They also study the reasons behind a set of stereotypes in society, prejudice as well as discrimination. Thus, Social psychologists provide a comprehensive study of different aspects of the society and its behavior. Here is a compilation of a list of famous Social psychologists. Read the biographies in this category and acquaint yourself with all the interesting facts and details about some of the prominent social psychologists including trivia, timeline and life history.

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 1 Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo
Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Psychologist and Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo is best known for his Stanford prison experiment, which proved how prisoners get abusive due to situational factors. He is also known for his books The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Foundation.

 2 Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 18, 1980

Erich Fromm was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, and socialist. A German Jew, he fled the Nazi regime and settled in the United States. He was a co-founder of  The William Alanson White Institute and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He is best remembered for authoring the book Escape from Freedom.

 3 Gabriel Tarde

Gabriel Tarde
Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: March 12, 1843
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Died: May 13, 1904

Sociologist and criminologist Gabriel Tarde is best remembered for his theory of social interaction. Initially a magistrate, he later taught modern philosophy. He is remembered for his ideas on imitation and his criticism of the concept of the atavistic criminal. He also penned a sci-fi novel.

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 4 Verónika Mendoza

Verónika Mendoza
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Peru

 5 Serge Moscovici

Serge Moscovici
Famous As: Social psychologist
Birthdate: June 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: November 15, 2014

 6 Graham Wallas

Graham Wallas
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 31, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, England
Died: August 9, 1932

Political scientist and Fabian Society leader Graham Wallas is best known for his iconic work Human Nature in Politics. He contributed to the development of the London School of Economics and was one of its first professors. He also proposed one of the first models of the creative process.

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 7 Morton Prince

Morton Prince
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 22, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 31, 1929
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 8 Georg Elias Müller

Georg Elias Müller
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: July 20, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grimma, Germany
Died: December 23, 1934

German psychologist Georg Elias Müller was born into a family of theologians and had initially been interested in mysticism, philosophy, and history. However, he eventually drifted apart to study psychology. A pioneer in the research on sensations, learning, and memory, he also laid down the concept of retroactive interference.

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 9 Harry Levinson

Harry Levinson
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Jervis, New York, United States
Died: June 26, 2012

 10 Fred Nadel

Fred Nadel
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 14, 1956
Austrian-born British anthropologist Fred Nadel specialising in African ethnology. Before turning to anthropology, Nadel toured with his own opera company and wrote a biography of the Italian composer Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni. He served as a lecturer at the London School of Economics and then in 1948 became the head of the anthropology department at the University of Durham.
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