The outstanding contributions to social psychology and management by Ramadhar Singh, currently a professor at Amrut Mody School of Management – Ahmedabad University, have been marked on the “Heritage Wall of Fame” of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in the United States States. Professor Singh is the only social psychologist from India to be honored with this.
This recognition comes close on the heels of the College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University, which awards him the Distinguished Alumni Award in Psychological Sciences (March 25, 2022). Professor Singh was a member of the association (1990) and then a fellow (1992).
Duane T Wegener, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, who nominated Ramadhar Singh for induction on the Heritage Wall of Fame, also wrote his biography for the site. The nomination was supported by nine social psychologists in China, India, Japan, Korea, India, Singapore and the US.
The site states: “People go way beyond the information they are given in social judgments. They actively process multiple pieces of information and associate activated processes (often serially) in producing an overt response. Theoretically, therefore, these core cognitive complexities underlie affect and behavior in many situations, and a cross-cultural view of the human experience helps to identify and unpack that complexity.”
Professor Singh has been a pioneering researcher in the fields of psychology and management. In the 1980s, the predominant American view was that people were cognitive miscreants, that is, that people resorted to shortcuts in thought and behavior. However, through his research, Professor Singh showed how cognitively prosperous and dynamic people were.
To advance psychology as a science in Asia, Professor Singh played a vital role nationally in India through the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in Asia through the Asian Association of Social Psychology. At an international level, he was an advisory and/or associate editor of several journals and a member of the Mentor Award Committee of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), USA.
Taking the honour, Professor Singh said: “I am completely satisfied with the international recognition I have received this year for my lifelong efforts for excellence over five decades as an experimental social psychologist. But my greatest joy is undoubtedly that my mentor Donn Byrne was simultaneously honored on the ‘Heritage Wall of Fame’ and that his name rightly precedes mine. As his 21st PhD student, I am still grateful to Donn Byrne for guiding the path my research and life has taken.”
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