David Myers (psychologist)

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David Myers
David Guy Myers

(1942-09-20)September 20, 1942
Alma materWhitworth University (BA)
University of Iowa (MA, PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsHope College, Michigan
ThesisEnhancement of Initial Risk Taking Tendencies in Social Situations (1967)
Doctoral advisorSidney J. Arenson; Peter H. Murdoch

David Guy Myers (born 20 September 1942) is a professor of psychology at Hope College in Michigan, United States,[1] and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and general-audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology. In addition, he has published chapters in over 60 books and numerous scholarly research articles in professional journals. Myers is widely recognized for his research on happiness and is one of the supporters of the positive psychological movement.[2]

Myers was born in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Seattle's Queen Anne High School in 1960. He attended Whitworth University, from which he received his B.A. in chemistry magna cum laude in 1964, having been a pre-med student.[3] However, his graduate work went in a different direction, that of social psychology. He received his M.A. in social psychology in 1966 and his Ph.D. in social psychology the following year for thesis titled Enhancement of Initial Risk Taking Tendencies in Social Situations, both at the University of Iowa.[4]

Myers has spent most of his career at Hope College, rising from assistant professor (1967), associate professor (1970), and since 1975, full professor. He served as a visiting scholar at the University of Mannheim in Germany in the summer of 1974, and at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 1985.

Myers has received fellowships and grants from the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Science Foundation and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. He is one of the most important authors of psychology textbooks and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from three different educational institutions. According to the Open Syllabus Project, Myers is the most frequently cited author on college syllabi for psychology courses.[5]



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  1. ^ Lok, Corie (2001). "American dream debunked". Nature. doi:10.1038/news010215-14.
  2. ^ Ciccarelli, Saundra K.; White, J. Noland. Psychology. Pearson Education. p. 388.
  3. ^ Interviews with Myers Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Counterpoint Foundation
  4. ^ About the Author - David G. Myers Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, Worth Publishing
  5. ^ "Open Syllabus: Explorer".

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