Daryl Bem
#8955 Overall Influence

Daryl Bem

American psychologist

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Daryl Bem holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. Previously, Bem has held professorial roles at Stanford University, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Bem was initially a student of physics, and earned his BA in the field at Reed College. Bem soon went to MIT, but decided to change his career path to psychology after becoming inspired by the Civil Rights Movement.

An influential figure in social psychology, Bem is perhaps best known for developing self-perception theory. Through this approach, Bem theorizes on how our attitudes and perceptions of ourselves, not just in relation to others, but within ourselves. Bem argues that our own behaviors alter our self-perceptions, but through a kind of cognitive dissonance, we reconcile these altered views as part of a self-perception that we have always held. Moreover, Bem is known for two controversial views, both of which were generally criticized for lacking scientific rigor. The first is his exotic becomes erotic theory, which attempts to explain non-heteronormative sexual attraction from childhood developments. The second is his views on the legitimacy of PSI and ESP (parapsychology), which he defended in his “Feeling the Future” article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Bem is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, as well as the Association of Psychological Science Parapsychological Association.

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Daryl J. Bem is a social psychologist and professor emeritus at Cornell University. He is the originator of the self-perception theory of attitude formation and change. He has also researched psi phenomena, group decision making, handwriting analysis, sexual orientation, and personality theory and assessment.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Cornell University
Cornell University

Private university in Ithaca

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Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University

Private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Reed College
Reed College

Private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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#138 World Rank #63 USA Rank
Psychology