Muzafer Sherif

1906 - 1988

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Muzafer Sherif (born Muzaffer Şerif Başoğlu; July 29, 1906 – October 16, 1988) was a Turkish-American social psychologist. He helped develop social judgment theory and realistic conflict theory. Sherif was a founder of modern social psychology who developed several unique and powerful techniques for understanding social processes, particularly social norms and social conflict. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muzafer Sherif has received more than 278,978 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Muzafer Sherif is the 83rd most popular psychologist (down from 82nd in 2019), the 405th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 373rd in 2019) and the most popular Psychologist.

Muzafer Sherif is most famous for his work on the Robbers Cave experiment, where he divided a group of boys into two groups and observed their interactions.

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Among psychologists, Muzafer Sherif ranks 83 out of 183Before him are Alice Miller, Harry Harlow, William Stern, Paul Watzlawick, David McClelland, and Walter Bradford Cannon. After him are Ludwig Binswanger, Karl Bühler, Vladimir Bekhterev, Benjamin Bloom, Donald O. Hebb, and Antonio Damasio.

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Among people born in 1906, Muzafer Sherif ranks 64Before him are Ettore Majorana, Vera Menchik, James Hadley Chase, Fredric Brown, Anthony Mann, and André Weil. After him are Douglas McGregor, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Heinz Harmel, John Dickson Carr, Nelson Goodman, and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. Among people deceased in 1988, Muzafer Sherif ranks 28Before him are Clifford D. Simak, Luis Barragán, André Frédéric Cournand, Tibor Sekelj, Paul Grice, and Klaus Fuchs. After him are Franz Josef Strauss, Farida of Egypt, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Raj Kapoor, Hermann Graf, and Richard S. Castellano.

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Among people born in Turkey, Muzafer Sherif ranks 405 out of 1,301Before him are Anitta (-1700), Gülbahar Hatun (1453), Menua (-900), Ertuğrul Osman (1912), Charalambos (87), and Osman Nuri Pasha (1832). After him are Ephorus (-400), Lucian of Antioch (240), Maria of Antioch (1145), Mimnermus (-670), Eumenes I (-250), and Eumenes III (-200).


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