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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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A Catastrophe in my Research Portfolio

A Catastrophe in my Research Portfolio

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Most Underappreciated
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Abraham Tesser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0009

Abraham Tesser describes his most underappreciated work: a study on catastrophe theory. His research examined the conflict between internal dispositions and social constraints through the lens of catastrophe theory. It was French mathematician René Thom who introduced catastrophe theory to explain many important phenomena when applied to certain social behavior.

Keywords:   Abraham Tesser, catastrophe theory, internal dispositions, social constraints, René Thom, social behavior

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