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Seligman, Martin E. P. (1942-)
Martin Elias Peter Seligman was born August 12, 1942, in Albany, New York. As an undergraduate, he majored in philosophy at Princeton University, and he took his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Richard Solomon. Except for sabbatical leaves and a brief stint teaching at Cornell University, Seligman has spent his professorial career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is professor of psychology. He is best known for his work on learned helplessness, depression, optimism, and positive psychology. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Seligman and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate students discovered and investigated the phenomenon of learned helplessness . Animals ...