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Kagan, Jerome (1929– )

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Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0483

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staff 2010. Kagan, Jerome (1929– ). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Jerome Kagan received his bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University in 1950 and the PhD from Yale University in 1954. After a term at Ohio State University, he was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War. Following discharge from the Army in 1957, Kagan became senior scientist at the Fels Research Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where his major work involved analyzing a large corpus of longitudinal data on children who were followed from birth to adolescence and assessed again when they were young adults. The results of his work, in collaboration with Howard Moss, revealed that preservation of individual differences in this relatively typical middle-class sample did not emerge until after six or seven years of age. A summary of the project was published in a book, entitled Birth to Maturity, which won the Hofheimer Prize of the American Psychiatric Association.


  • child development;
  • cognitive styles;
  • developmental psychology;
  • moral development