Early Life and Educational Background
Abraham Tesser was born on May 24, 1941, to Ruth and Louis Tesser in Brooklyn New York.
Tesser completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Long Island University in 1962. After a nonacademic year of work, travel, and existential flailing, he returned to school, Purdue University, for graduate work. Still searching, he began his graduate work in Clinical Psychology and flirted with Industrial Psychology. After being exposed to Leon Festinger’s Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in a social psychology class, he was hooked. The theory’s ability to make predictions that seemed to contradict common sense was intriguing and he was awed by the ingenuity, staging, and results of experiments designed to test those novel predictions. Tesser did not become a dissonance researcher but he did become the second PhD out of Purdue’s then nascent program in Social Psychology. (He minored in statistics and psychometrics.) His master’s research (1965), on...
- Beach, S. R. H., & Tesser, A. (1995). Self-esteem and the extended self-evaluation maintenance model: The self in social context. In M. Kernis (Ed.), Efficacy, agency, and self-esteem (pp. 145–170). New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
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