Jerome Kagan Ph.D. Professor of Psychology This Emotional Life - PBS

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Awards and Credentials

  1. Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
  2. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  3. Distinguished Scientist Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development

Jerome Kagan Ph.D.


Dr. Kagan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology. He has studied children and their development for over 45 years. Some of his more significant discoveries include: (1) a child’s personality in the first 4 to 5 years of life only weakly predicts his personality as an adult, (2) the universal appearance of a sense of self and of right and wrong during the second year, (3) the development of morality, and (4) the influence of a child's temperamental biases on personality development. He has also written on the role of culture and history in shaping the beliefs and emotions of a community.

Dr. Kagan received his doctorate from Yale University in 1954.