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Professor of Human Development at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

PhD, Stanford University; BA, Yale University

Author of: Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized (2007); Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition: Integrative Perspectives on Intellectual Functioning (2004); Psychology (4th ed., 2004); Cognitive Psychology (3rd ed., 2003); The Psychologist’s Companion (2003); Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized (2003); Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid (2002)

Noted psychologist Dr. Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Among his previous positions, which include many professorships, chair positions, directorships, and administrative posts, he was President of the University of Wyoming, Provost of Oklahoma State University, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Tufts University.

With Sternberg’s main research interests in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, leadership, ethics, love, and hate, Sternberg is known for his theory of successful intelligence, investment theory of creativity, theory of thinking styles as mental self-government, balance theory of wisdom, and his triangular theory of love.

Sternberg’s interest in psychology started at a young age while growing up in New Jersey. After performing poorly on IQ tests, he took an interest in intelligence tests and even constructed his own mental tests, including a physics aptitude test in 11th grade, which the school used for many years for placement purposes. After starting graduate school at Stanford University, his ideas on componential analysis became the starting point to his career as a serious psychologist.

Sternberg is Past President of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Federation of Associations in Behavior and Brain Sciences. He is Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. He also is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the APA, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Among Sternberg’s more than two dozen national and international awards, he received the Cattell Award from APS as well as 13 honorary doctorates from 12 countries. He is the author of more than 1,600 publications and, as a principal investigator, has received more than $20 million in grant funding.

An APA Monitor on Psychology report named Sternberg as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60), and Archives of Scientific Psychology cited him as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#61). He has been listed by Web of Science (formerly ISI Citation Indexes) as one of the most frequently cited scholars (top 1/2%) in psychology/psychiatry.

Dr. Sternberg was invited to the KDP Laureate Chapter in 2004.
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