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Leon Festinger (pronounced Feh-sting-er) (New York City, May 8, 1919 – New York City, February 11, 1989), was an American social psychologist, responsible for the development of the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, Social comparison theory, and the discovery of the role of propinquity in the formation of social ties as well as other contributions to the study of social networks His first teaching position was at the University of Rochester from 1943 to 1945. For the next three years, Festinger served as associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before moving on for another three years as associate professor in psychology at the University of Michigan. From 1955 to 1968, he was a professor at Stanford University and then moved on to the New School for Social Research (now New School University) in New York City. There, he held the Else and Hans Staudinger Professor of Psychology chair from 1968 until his death in 1989. Festinger was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Throughout his professional career, Festinger continued to develop and refine his theory of cognitive dissonance, publishing Conflict, Decision and Dissonance in 1964. His other major work was The Human Legacy, published in 1983. Leon Festinger was born in New York City and later went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York in 1939. In 1942, he completed his Ph.D. in psychology from Iowa State University where he studied with prominent social psychologist Kurt Lewin. Festinger then went on to teach at a number of different academic institutions including the University of Rochester, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Stanford University and the New School for Social Research. Festinger is perhaps best known for the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, which suggests that
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