Tim Kasser

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Tim Kasser (August 1, 1966) is an American psychologist and book author known for his work on materialism and well-being.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1994, Tim Kasser accepted a position at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is currently a professor of psychology.

He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, goals, well-being, and environmental sustainability, among other topics. His first book, The High Price of Materialism, was published in 2002 (ISBN 978-0262611978); his second book (co-edited with Allen D. Kanner), Psychology and Consumer Culture, was released in 2004. In 2009 he co-authored a book (with Tom Crompton) Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity. He co-authored an article with Tom Crompton of WWF-UK entitled Human Identity: A Missing Link in Environmental Campaigning on climate change denial.[1]

In the last several years, he has become increasingly involved with activist groups who work against the commercialization of children and who work towards a more inwardly rich lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism. He lives with his wife, two sons, and assorted animals in the western Illinois countryside.

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  • Kasser, T. in Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context (Chirkov, VI; Ryan, RM & Sheldon, KM, eds), Capitalism and autonomy, 191-206 (Springer, Netherlands, 2011). [2]
  • Kasser, T, Crompton, T, and Linn, S. Children, commercialism and environmental sustainability. Solutions 1(2), 14–17 (2010).
  • Kasser, T, Cohn, S, Kanner, AD, & Ryan, RM. Some costs of American corporate capitalism: a psychological exploration of value and goal conflicts. Psychological Inquiry 18, 1–22 (2007).
  • Kasser, T, Ryan, RM, Couchman, CE & Sheldon, KM in Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World (Kasser, T & Kanner, AD, eds), Materialistic values: Their causes and consequences, 11–28 (American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2004).

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