Honory doctorates 2002

Prof. dr. R.J. (Robert) Sternberg

Honorary supervisor Prof. Dr. A.J.R. van de Vijver - 2007 - Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen

Robert Sternberg (Newark, NJ, 1949) is an American psychologist and psychometrician. He studied psychology at Yale University and received his PhD from Harvard.

Robert Sternberg

He served as a full professor at several universities, including Yale and as Professor of Human Development at Cornell University.

At Yale, Sternberg was founder and director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies and Expertise. He distinguishes three thinking styles: analytical, creative, and practical. His thesis is that every person has each of these three thinking styles at his or her disposal to a greater or lesser degree, but it is rare for anyone to master all three equally well. Most people have a clear preference for one, or sometimes two, of these ways of thinking. Sternberg argues that there is "successful intelligence" when a person is able to successfully manage his/her skills in both analytical, creative, and practical areas. He is a declared opponent of the “classical” IQ tests.

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