Professor Jack W. Brehm died on August 9, 2009. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Brehm's work.
Please see below for more information:
- Professor’s legacy of giving reaches $2.2 million (University of Kansas)
- Obituary: Jack W. Brehm (1928-2009) (American Psychological Association)
- Jack W. Brehm (Society for Personality and Social Psychology)
Jack Brehm was born in 1928 and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. After high school, he served in the Navy and then attended Harvard College. After graduating from Harvard, Jack attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, working with Leon Festinger. His PhD dissertation research established the free choice cognitive dissonance paradigm and was the first dissonance study to be published.
In 1975, Jack joined the psychology faculty at the University of Kansas. At Kansas, Jack devoted himself to understanding affective processes even more fundamental than dissonance and reactance. An interest in desire led to his theory of motivation intensity, and an interest in subjective aspects of emotion led to its "sister" theory of emotion intensity. Jack continued working in retirement and had his last paper published in 2010.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Social Cognition
- Brehm, J. W. (1966). Theory of psychological reactance. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Brehm, J. W., & Cohen, A. R. (1962). Explorations in cognitive dissonance. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Brehm, S. S., & Brehm, J. W. (1981). Psychological reactance: A theory of freedom and control. New York: Academic Press.
- Wicklund, R. A., & Brehm, J. W. (1976). Perspectives on cognitive dissonance. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Blake, R. R., & Brehm, J. W. (1954). The use of tape recording to simulate a group atmosphere. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 49(2), 311-313.
- Brehm, J. W. (2007). A brief history of dissonance theory. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1(1), 381-391.
- Brehm, J. W. (1999). The intensity of emotion. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 3, 2-22.
- Brehm, J. W. (1956). Postdecision changes in the desirability of alternatives. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 52(3), 384-389.
- Brehm, J. W., Brummett, B. H., & Harvey, L. (1999). Paradoxical sadness. Motivation and Emotion, 23, 31-44.
- Brehm, J. W., & Cohen, A. R. (1959). Choice and chance relative deprivation as determinants of cognitive dissonance. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 58(3), 383-387.
- Brehm, J. W., & Cohen, A. R. (1959). Re-evaluation of choice alternatives as a function of their number and qualitative similarity. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 58(3), 373-378.
- Brehm, J. W., & Cole, A. H. (1966). Effect of a favor which reduces freedom. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 3(4), 420-426.
- Brehm, J. W., & Miron, A. M. (2006). Can the simultaneous experience of opposing emotions really occur? Motivation and Emotion, 30(1), 13-30.
- Brehm, J. W., Miron, A. M., & Miller, K. (2009). Affect as a motivational state. Cognition and Emotion, 23(6), 1069-1089.
- Brehm, J. W., & Rozen, E. (1971). Attractiveness of old alternatives when a new attractive alternative is introduced. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 20(3), 261-266.
- Brehm, J. W., & Self, E. A. (1989). The intensity of motivation. Annual Review of Psychology, 40, 109-131.
- Cohen, A. R., Brehm, J. W., & Fleming, W. H. (1958). Attitude change and justification for compliance. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 56(2), 276-278.
- Harmon-Jones, E., Brehm, J. W., Greenberg, J., Simon, L., & Nelson, D. E. (1996). Evidence that the production of aversive consequences is not necessary to create cognitive dissonance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 5-16.
- Simon, L., Greenberg, J., & Brehm, J. W. (1995). Trivialization: The forgotten mode of dissonance reduction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68(2), 247-260.