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Only At Stern: Professor Jonathan Haidt on Using Moral Psychology to Explain Why So Much Is Going Wrong

NYU Stern Professor Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist. His mission is to use research on moral psychology to help people understand each other and to help important social institutions work better.

In 2015, Professor Haidt co-authored a landmark cover story in The Atlantic. “The Coddling of the American Mind” analyzed the atmosphere on college campuses, how it came to be, and the implications for education and mental health. The article inspired Professor Haidt’s New York Times best-selling co-authored book “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.” It also launched Professor Haidt into the national conversation on these issues.

Professor Haidt’s recent work has focused on how social media has led to the rise of political dysfunction and the decline of teen mental health. The latter is the focus of his newest book, “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.”  

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 Noteworthy Media coverage featuring Professor Haidt’s work:  

Professor Haidt's Books: 
The Anxious Generation

The Anxious Generation Book Cover

The Coddling of the American Mind

The cover of "The Coddling of the American Mind"

The Righteous Mind

The cover of "The Righteous Mind"

The Happiness Hypothesis

The cover of "The Happiness Hypothesis"