ROBERT JAY LIFTON holds the Foundation's Fund for Research in Psychiatry professorship at Yale University. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and his- torical change, especially in China and Japan, and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations in our era. He has spent almost seven years in the Far East, including an extensive stay from 1960 to 1962, during which he carried out a study of psychological patterns in Japanese youth as well as an investigation of the psychological effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
Dr. Lifton was born in New York City in 1926 and received his medical degree from New York Medial College. He was Research Associate in psychiatry at Harvard from 1956 to 1961, where he was also affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies; prior to that he was a member of the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut, with his wife, a writer and their two small children.
He is the author of Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "Brainwashing" in China, Revolutionary Immortality, and the editor of The Women in America. In addition, his writings have appeared in various psychiatric and psychological journals.