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Stanley Schachter (April 15, 1922 - June 7, 1997) was an American psychologist.

Schachter proposed the two factor theory of emotion. He said emotions have two ingredients: physiological arousal and a cognitive label. A person's experience of an emotion stems from the mental awareness of the body's physical arousal.


Biographical background

Schachter was born to Nathan and Anna Schachter in Flushing, New York. He initially studied Art history at Yale University and then took his Masters in Psychology, when he was influenced by Clark Hull.

Stanley Schachter had a broad curiosity about social behavior. During his career he studied the misattribution of arousal, the causes of overeating and obesity, the physiological basis for nicotine addiction, and the origins of miserliness. In each domain Schachter provided the field with creative, thought-provoking experiments.

In 1946 Schachter went to MIT to work with the German social psychologist Kurt Lewin, in his Research Center for Group Dynamics, studying social issues. Lewin died in 1947, and the research center moved to the University of Michigan, where it became a part of the Institute for Social Research. This was where Schachter gained his Ph.D. in 1949. Schachter's dissertation supervisor was Leon Festinger. With Henry Riecken, they wrote the book When Prophecy Fails (1956), describing what happened to millennial groups after their predicted date for the end of the world had passed.

Schachter died on June 7, 1997 at his home in East Hampton, New York. His papers are archived at the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan.




  • Schachter,S (1950) With L. Festinger and K. Back. Social Pressures in Informal Groups. New York: Harpers.
  • Schachter,S (1956) With L. Festinger and H. Riecken. When Prophecy Fails. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Schachter,S (1959) The Psychology of Affiliation. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Schachter,S (1971). Emotion, Obesity and Crime. New York: Academic.
  • Schachter,S & Rodin, J (1974). Obese Humans and Rats. Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum.

Book chapters

  • Schachter,S (1964) The interaction of cognitive and physiological determinants of emotional state. In Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, ed. L. *Berkowitz, pp. 49–79. New York: Academic Press.
  • Schachter,S & Latané, B. (1964) . Crime, cognition and the autonomic nervous system. In Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, ed. D. Levine, pp. 221–73. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Schachter,S (1980). Nonpsychological explanations of behavior. In Retrospective on Social Psychology, ed. L. Festinger, pp. 131–57. New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Schachter,S (1951) Deviation, rejection and communication. J. Abnorm. Soc. Psychol. 46:190-207.
  • Schachter,S (1962) With J. Singer. Cognitive, social and physiological determinants of emotional state. Psychol. Rev. 69:379-99.
  • Schachter,S (1963) Birth order, eminence and higher education. Am. Sociol. Rev. 28:757-68.
  • Schachter,S (1968). Obesity and eating. Science 161:751-56.
  • Schachter,S (1971). Some extraordinary facts about obese humans and rats.Am. Psychol. 26:129-44.
  • Schachter,S (1977). Nicotine regulation in heavy and light smokers. J. Exp. Psychol. 106:5-12.
  • Schachter,S (1978). Pharmacological and psychological determinants of cigarette smoking. Ann. Intern. Med. 88:104-14.
  • Schachter,S (1982). Recidivism and self-cure of smoking and obesity. Am. Psychol. 37:436-44.
  • Schachter,S (1991) With N. J. S. Christenfeld, B. Ravina, and F. R. Bilous. Speech disfluency and the structure of knowledge. J. Pers. Soc. Psychol. 60:362-67.

Biographies, Autobiographies and Festschrift

  • Grunberg, N. E. Nisbett, R. E., Rodin, J., and Singer, J. E. (1987). A Distinctive Approach to Psychological Research: The Influence of Stanley
  • Schachter,S (1989) Stanley Schachter. In A History of Psychology in Autobiography, ed. G. Lindzey. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Schachter. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,

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