Martin Hoffman

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Martin L. Hoffman is an American psychologist, a professor emeritus of clinical and developmental psychology at New York University.[1]

His work largely has to do with the development of empathy, and its relationship with moral development.[2] His research also touches on areas such as empathic anger, sympathy, guilt and feelings of injustice.[1]

Hoffman did his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1945. He earned a master's degree in psychology at the University of Michigan in 1947 and his PhD in social psychology at the University of Michigan in 1951.[1] In the 1960s, he became editor of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: A Journal of Developmental Psychology, and oversaw its conversion from a newsletter to an academic journal.[3]

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.[1]


Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice


  1. ^ a b c d Faculty profile at NYU.
  2. ^ Angier, Natalie (May 9, 1995), "Scientists Mull Role of Empathy In Man and Beast", New York Times.
  3. ^ "Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly", Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 2004.