Legendary psychological scientist Jerome S. Bruner was interviewed by historian Robin Cautin, Manhattanville College, at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in March 2013.
An APS William James Fellow, Bruner is known for his groundbreaking contributions to cognitive psychology and the science of perception in the mid-20th century.
He was an early advocate of the idea that the human mind actively constructs experience, rather than functioning as a passive blank slate, and his insights into child development paved the way for preschool programs such as Head Start.
Later in his career, Bruner urged fellow psychological scientists to acknowledge meaning, culture, and their centrality to the human experience as the field began to emphasize computer models of the mind.
Today, Bruner studies narrative and law at New York University.
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