The Temperamental Thread

March 15, 2010


Ann Whitman














"Jerome Kagan, with his usual brilliance, separates the biology and psychology of temperament to unravel the complexity of why we act and react the way we do. If you want to understand why you or your child is anxious, easy-going, a worrier, compulsive, feels guilty or entitled and more, you must read Kagan’s discoveries about the brain’s role and the factors that influence it."
—Susan Newman, Ph.D., social psychologist and author of Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only

The Temperamental Thread 

How Genes, Culture, Time and Luck Make Us Who We Are

Publication date: April 15, 2010 
Cloth • 248 pages    


In the forthcoming Dana Press book, The Temperamental Thread: How Genes, Culture, and Luck Make us Who We Are, Dr. Jerome Kagan gives an expansive overview for non-scientists from the field he pioneered to explain the nature of temperament, the in-born traits that underlie our responses to the outside world.

In The Temperamental Thread, Dr. Kagan draws on examples from his research, including his seminal study of more than 450 children followed from infancy to adulthood, and the research of others to show that each person is born with a temperamental bias, one that—along with experience, genes, culture, ethnicity, and gender—helps shape personality.

The Temperamental Thread enriches our understanding of how and why personalities form as they do, and gives readers an opportunity to explore how these personality types inform their lives and the lives of others.

Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology emeritus at Harvard University and a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including The Three Cultures:  Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press), and The Long Shadow of Temperament (Harvard University Press).


Dr. Kagan is available for interviews.  Please contact Ann Whitman at (212) 223-4040 / for more information.