William James McGuire (February 17, 1925 in New York City, New York – December 21, 2007 in New Haven, Connecticut) was an American social psychologist known for his work on the psychology of persuasion and for developing Inoculation theory.[1] He was a faculty member at Yale University from 1970 until he retired in 1999, and chaired the psychology department there from 1971 to 1973. He was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology from 1967 to 1970.[2]

William J. McGuire
Born(1925-02-17)February 17, 1925
DiedDecember 21, 2007(2007-12-21) (aged 82)
EducationFordham College
Université catholique de Louvain
Yale University
Known forPersuasion
Social cognition
AwardsFulbright Fellow (1950–51)
Fellow of eight divisions of the American Psychological Association
APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology (1988)
Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Society (1992)
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsColumbia University
University of California, San Diego
University of Illinois
Yale University
Thesis A multi-process model for paired associates learning  (1954)
Notable studentsJohn Jost
David O. Sears

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An obituary of McGuire in American Psychologist stated that McGuire was "...for several decades the field’s premier researcher of the psychology of persuasion".[1]

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  1. ^ a b Jost, John T.; Banaji, Mahzarin (May–June 2008). "William James McGuire (1925–2007)". American Psychologist. doi:10.1037/0003-066x.63.4.270.
  2. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (2008). "William J. McGuire, 82, Art of Persuasion Pioneer, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-18.

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