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Serge Moscovici

Serge Moscovici

Serge Moscovici (Srul Herş Moscovici) is a Romanian-born French social psychologist who founded and currently directs the Laboratoire Européen de Psychologie Sociale at the Maison des sciences de l'homme in Paris. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and an Officer of the Légion d'honneur.

Moscovici began his research career by studying the way that groups reformulate and distort the information they receive. He also explored the dynamics of group decisions and consensus-forming. Moscovici's most famous experiments focused on minority influence. In this work, Moscovici showed how a consistent minority could get members of a majority group to alter their responses on a color perception task, even when the minority was not unusually high in social status. With these findings, Moscovici added a new and important perspective to research on group behavior.

In the late 1960s, Moscovici became involved in green politics and campaigned to become Mayor of Paris. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities, and in 2003 he received the Balzan Prize for Social Psychology. For more about his life, see his 1997 autobiography "Chronique des années égarées" (Chronicle of the Mislaid Years).

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Journal Articles:

  • Laurens, S., & Moscovici, S. (2005). The confederate's and others' self-conversion: A neglected phenomenon. Journal of Social Psychology, 145(2), 191-207.
  • Moscovici, S. (1998). Social consciousness and its history. Culture & Psychology, 4(3), 411-429.
  • Moscovici, S. (1991). Experiment and experience: An intermediate step from Sherif to Asch. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 21(3), 253-268.
  • Moscovici, S. (1989). Preconditions for explanation in social psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 19(5), 407-430.
  • Moscovici, S., Lage, E., & Naffrenchoux, M. (1969). Influences of a consistent minority on the responses of a majority in a colour perception task. Sociometry, 32, 365-80.
  • Moscovici, S., & Pérez, J. A. (2007). A study of minorities as victims. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(4), 725-746.
  • Moscovici, S., & Zavalloni, M. (1969). The group as a polarizer of attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 12(2), 125-135.
  • Schulz-Hardt, S., Frey, D., Lüthgens, C., & Moscovici, S. (2000). Biased information search in group decision making. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78(4), 655-669.

Other Publications:

  • Moscovici, S., Pérez, J. A. (2009). A new representation of minorities as victims. In F. Butera and J. M. Levine (Eds.), Coping with minority status: Responses to exclusion and inclusion (82-103). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Serge Moscovici
Laboratoire Européen de Psychologie Sociale
Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
54 boulevard Raspail, Cedex 06
75270 Paris
France

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