Reflections on 100 Years of Experimental Social Psychology

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However, Leon was very much annoyed and harshly criticized Henri Tajfel for his manuscript "Experiments in a Vacuum" and Serge Moscovici for his "Society and Theory in Social Psychology", both of which were critical of American social psychology. This occurred during a committee meeting in West Germany in 1971.

The committee also exerted some efforts to develop social psychology in Latin America. We held a seminar in Chile for Latin American social psychologists during the tumultuous period just prior to Salvador Allende's coming to power. After Leon resigned as the committee chairman, I was asked to take on this role. We had another East-West meeting in Hungary, in a small resort village about 20 miles from Budapest. We also held a conference in Majorca that led to the book Applying Social Psychology ( Deutsch and Hornstein, 1975). About this time, SSRC decided to end its financial support for the committee (it had had a rather extended life by SSRC's usual standards for committees). The committee, however, was not quite ready to quit. Martin Irle hosted a small meeting in Mannheim, Germany. I hosted an even smaller one in my beach house in East Hampton, New York, and Jujuji Misumi hosted an even smaller one in Japan.

This traveling committee, which met mainly outside the United States (so as to stimulate the development of social psychology elsewhere), included -- at different times -- such people as Leon Festinger, John Lanzetta, Stanley Schachter, Harold Kelley, Henry Riecken, and myself from the United States as well as Serge Moscovici, Henri Tajfel, Jaap Kookebacker, Martin Irle, Ragner Rommetweit, Jujuji Misumi, and Jaromir Janousek from other parts of the world. Throughout much of its existence, Jerome Singer was the committee's witty and tolerant administrator for SSRC. During much of the same time, there was another traveling committee funded by the Office of Naval Research, through Luigi Petrullo, which met to discuss research on conflict. About half of its members were from the United States and the other half from Western Europe. Its U.S. members included Harold Kelley, Gerald Shure, John Thibaut, John Lanzetta, Dean Pruitt, and myself. Among the Europeans were Serge Moscovici, Henri Tajfel, Claude Faucheux, Claude Flament, and Josef Nuttin Jr. We met about twice a year, alternating locales between Europe and the United States. We had many good discussions, excellent wine and food, and formed some lasting friendships. We also did a cross-national experiment on bargaining that has rarely been cited. It was a wonderful period to be a social psychologist.

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Among the many students who contributed directly to this book were Rebecca Curtis, Michelle Fine, Sandra Horowitz, Ivan Lansberg, Brian Maruffi, Louis Medvene, Dolores Mei, Marilyn Seiler, Janice Steil, Bruce Tuchman, Janet Weinglass, William Wenck Jr., and Cilio Ziviani. Other students in my work group on justice who have contributed indirectly to this volume include Lorinda Arella, Adrienne Asch, Susan Boardman, Ellen Brickman, Ellen Fagenson, Martha Gephart, Cheryl Koopman, Jay Kantor, Eric Marcus, Susan Opotow, Jorge da Silva Ribeiro, Rony Rinat, Shula Shichman, and Rachel Solomon

References

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Allport, G. W. ( 1954a). "The historical background of modern social psychology". In G. Lindzey (Ed.), Handbook of social psychology (Vol. 1). Cambridge, MA: Addison-Wesley.

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