Stein Bråten

Professor emeritus
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Visiting address Harriet Holters hus Moltke Moes vei 31 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Sociology and psychology of communication, development and language acquisition
  • Computer simulation and empirical studies of communication nets and dialogical systems
  • Systems theory and cybernetics
  • Semantics (social oriented) and symbolic interaction
  • Main areas of interest include:
    • paradigmatic shift in the view of the nature of human infants; criticism of Freudian and Piagetian views
    • altercentric mirroring by infants and conversational partners; neurosocial support
    • the dialogical nature of mind; criticism of monadological approaches (autopoiesis and AI)
    • conditions for dialogue in science and in the internet society
    • empathological collapse: what makes people without pathological traits servants of extinction?
    • roots of empathy, altruism, and morality


  • Academic degrees: in sociology, University of Oslo 1967, Dr.philos in psychology, University of Bergen 1989
  • Successively assistant, account executive, vice president, Forenede Annonsebyråer AS, Oslo, 1956-64
  • Research assistant (part time) for professor Arne Næss, University of Oslo, 1964
  • Assistant lecturer in logic, University of Oslo, 1963-66
  • Research director and head of Institute of Market and Societal Communication IMAS, Solna 1967-71
  • Research (recruitment) fellow at Norwegian Research Foundation NAVF 1970-71 (part time)
  • Research fellow in social psychology at Dept of psycology, University of Bergen, 1971-73
  • Professor of Sociology, Dept of Sociology, University of Oslo 1973-2004 (chairman of the board of 1973-76)
  • Guest Professor in Information psychology (Cognitive Science, Dept.cognitive psych.,U Bergen 1987-89
  • Consulting Scientist, Bergen Scientific Centre IBM, University of Bergen (part time)1988-89
  • Chair of the council for the Centre of clinical and psychological research, U of Oslo 1985-94
  • Founder and chair of Theory Forum Network on the Foundations of (Pre)verbal Intersubjectivity 1990 -
  • Head of a Theory Forum research group at Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), Oslo, 1996-97
  • Member of research group etc. at Centre for interdisciplinary research (ZiF), U Bielefeld 1997-98
  • Member of research group on decision making under uncertainty (stochastic models)at CAS 2000-01
  • Professor Emeritus, Dept of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, 2004 -
  • Member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1993 -
  • Associated member, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1993 -
  • Have been a member of the boards the Norwegian Computing Centre, of the State Institute for Alcohol Research, and of the National Library Council.
  • Have been a co-editor of the Klüwer book series Frontiers in systems resarch: Implications for the social sciences, and a member of the editorial boards of international yearbooks in systens research, of International Journal of General Systems, of Sosiologisk tidsskrift/Journal of Sociology, and Consulting Editor of Acta Sociologica.


  • Tano Aschehoug Award 1996 for his textbook on Communication from birth to old age
  • Norwegian Sociological Association Honarary Prize 2006
Tags: Sociology
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  • Cross-cultural studies and findings concerning altruism and care-giving in young children, including infants.