David B. Cohen

Psychologist, Author

1941 – 2004

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Who was David B. Cohen?

David B. Cohen was an American psychology professor.

Born in Brooklyn, Cohen received his bachelor's degree in 1963 from Columbia College of Columbia University, and his doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Michigan in 1968. He went on to teach clinical psychology and individual differences/evolutionary psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

His early work focused on dreams. His later work examined the biological mechanisms and risk factors in psychopathology. In 1989, he co-authored Psychopathology with Lee Willerman.

Throughout the 1990s, Cohen wrote about the biological and evolutionary influences of depression.

In 1995, he was a signatory of a collective statement titled "Mainstream Science on Intelligence", written by Linda Gottfredson and published in the Wall Street Journal.

Cohen also wrote two books on children for both academic and lay readers, framed by the nature versus nurture debate. In these books, he argued that parental influence over a child's development was much less powerful than biological and evolutionary influences. His work suggests that much parental influence is not only weak or transitory but also illusory.

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Born
1941
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • David Cohen
  • David B Cohen
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
  • Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
Died
2004

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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