Robert Sternberg
#1790 Overall Influence

Robert Sternberg

American psychologist & scholar

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Robert Sternberg currently holds the title of Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. Previously, he has held professorial and administrative roles at the University of Wyoming, Oklahoma State University, Tufts University, and Yale University. Additionally, Sternberg is a former president of the American Psychological Association. Sternberg earned his BA in psychology at Yale, and his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1975.

Sternberg is best known for work in psychometrics and his theories of cognition and emotion, particularly his triarchic theory of intelligence. Sternberg argues there are three types of intelligence: componential, experiential, and practical. This approach questions and resists the accuracy of “traditional” intelligence tests, arguing that they overlook the significance of practical or contextual intelligence. Following through on this argument, Sternberg developed the Sternberg Triarchic Abilities Test. Beyond this, Sternberg is known for this triangular theory of love, and his theory of cognitive styles. In his book, Love Is a Story: A New Theory of Relationships, Sternberg expounds upon 26 different types of love stories and helps guide readers on discovering their own love story and understand relationships with new perspectives.

For his work, Sternberg has received a variety of honors and awards, including the Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society, the Career Achievement in Educational Psychology Award from the Society for Educational Psychology, and the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

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Tufts University
Tufts University

Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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    #94 World Rank #40 USA Rank
    Psychology