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Scientific Impact Award Recipients

The Scientific Impact Award honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.

Listed below are the previous award winners, with links to their Social Psychology Network profile and award-winning publication.

Year Recipients Publication
2015 Roy Baumeister
Mark Leary
Baumeister, R. F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117, 497-529.
2014 Jennifer Crocker
Brenda Major
Crocker, J., & Major, B. (1989). Social stigma and self-esteem: The self-protective properties of stigma. Psychological review, 96, 608-630.
2013 Shelley E. Taylor
Jonathon Brown
Taylor, S.E., & Brown, J. (1988). Illusion and well-being: A social psychological perspective on mental health. Psychological Bulletin, 103, 193–210.
2012 Cynthia Hazan
Phil Shaver
Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52(3), 511 – 524.
2011 Patricia Devine Devine, P. G. (1989). Stereotypes and prejudice: Their automatic and controlled components. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56, 5-18.
2010 Shinobu Kitayama
Hazel Markus
Markus, H. R., & Kitayama, S. (1991). Culture and the self: Implications for cognition, emotion, and motivation. Psychological Review, 98, 224-253.
2009 John T. Cacioppo
Shelly Chaiken
Richard Petty
Petty, R. E., & Cacioppo, J. T. (1986). The Elaboration Likelihood Model of persuasion. In L. Berkowitz (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 19, pp. 123-205). New York: Academic Press.

Chaiken, S. (1987). The heuristic model of persuasion. In M. P. Zanna, J. M. Olson, & C. P. Hermann (Eds.). Social influence: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 5, pp. 3-37). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
2008 Reuben Baron
David Kenny
Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator-mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1173-1182.
2007 Claude Steele Steele, C. M. (1997). A threat in the air: How stereotypes shape intellectual identity and performance. American Psychologist, 52, 613-629.
2007 John Bargh Bargh, J. (1997). The automaticity of everyday life. In R. S. Wyer (Ed.), Advances in social cognition (Vol. 10, pp. 1-61). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
2006 Ziva Kunda Kunda, Z. (1990). The case for motivated reasoning. Psychological Bulletin, 108, 480-498.