Jerome S. Bruner, influential psychologist of perception, dies at 100By Matt Schudel WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON — Jerome S. Bruner, who was born blind and, after having his sight restored, spent the rest of his life trying to understand how the human mind perceives the world, leading to influential advances in education and the development of the field of cognitive psychology, died June 5 at his home in New York City. He was 100.
He had an aortic aneurysm several months ago, said his son, Whitley, but the exact cause of death was not known.
In the 1950s, when Dr. Bruner was at Harvard University, he was a key figure in advancing the study of psychology beyond the behaviorist theories of B.F. Skinner, which held that people tended to act logically and in accordance with well-defined rewards and punishments.
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During a 70-year academic career, Dr. Bruner was a restless researcher who constantly moved from one field to another. The basis of his work was the study of cognition, or what he called ‘‘the great question of how you know anything.’’ But he freely touched on fields as diverse as music, physics, literature, sociology, and the law, drawing connections between cognitive perceptions and judicial decision-making.
Jerome S. Bruner 1915-2016
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