Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Education & Training
Ph.D., Harvard University 1958
Michael A. Wallach received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1954, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958. His doctoral dissertation was on categorizing and conceptualization. He taught at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Chicago. He has also served for ten years (1963-1972) as Editor of the Journal of Personality. He was for 20 years (1989-2008) Editor of a book series on Alternatives in Psychology, published by State University of New York Press. Dr. Wallach's research spans a wide range of topics. His books and articles cover such areas as personality, social psychology, and cognitive processes. In recent years his research has focused on the learning processes of gifted and disadvantaged children. His recent research has also concerned the value implications of psychology for defining goals of human conduct. He has also recently pursued work on egoism, altruism, and ethics; on mental patients, institutions, and homelessness; and on processes of knowing in psychology--experimentation that does and does not contribute to psychological knowledge. His current work concerns varying conceptions of mind.