Samuel Putnam

Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department

Teaching this semester

PSYC 1101. Introduction to Psychology, B

A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.

PSYC 2010. Infant and Child Development

A survey of major changes in psychological functioning from conception through childhood. Several theoretical perspectives are used to consider how physical, personality, social, and cognitive changes jointly influence the developing child’s interactions with the environment.

Professor Putnam specializes in social development. He teaches a survey course in child development, a lab in developmental research methods, introduction to psychology, and a seminar in social development. His research interests involve exploring interactions between nature and nurture in the development of sensation seeking, negative emotionality, and attentional control.

Professor Putnam's is currently working on two large-scale projects in this area. Along with Maria Gartstein of Washington State University, he is directing the Joint Effort Toddler Temperament Consortium (JETTC), a study involving researchers from 14 countries who have gathered data on parents' goals for socializing their children, the daily activities in which children participate, and children's social and emotional behavior. His other current effort is the Global Temperament Project (GTP), which aims to coordinate data collected by over 100 researchers in over 30 countries to gain a comprehensive perspective on how children differ around the world. If you are a researcher who wishes to learn more about participating in the GTP, please contact him via email.


  • Ph.D. , Pennsylvania State University; Sate College, PA, 1999
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Sate College, PA, 1996
  • B.S., University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA, 1992

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Select Recent Publications

Krassner, A.,Gartstein, M. A., Park, C., Dragan, W. L., Lecannelier, F., & Putnam, S. P. (2017). East-West, Collectivist-Individualist: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Temperament in Toddlers from Chile, Poland, South Korea, and the U.S. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 14, 449-464.

Putnam, S. P. & Gartstein, M. A. (2017).  Aggregate Temperament Scores from 18 Countries: Associations with Aggregate Personality Traits, Cultural Dimensions, and Allelic Frequency.  Journal of Research in Personality, 67, 157-170.

Sung, J., Beijers, R., Gartstein, M. A., de Weerth, C. & Putnam, S. P.  (2015).  A longitudinal evaluation of differences between Dutch and American infants in fine-grained aspects of temperament.  European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 12, 15-28.

Putnam, S. P., Helbig, A., Gartstein, M.A., Rothbart, M.K. & Leerkes, E. M. (2014).  Development and assessment of short and very short forms of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised.  Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 445-458.

Shiner, R. L., Buss, K. A., McClowry, S., Putnam, S. P., Saudino, K. J., & Zentner, M. (2012).  What is Temperament Now? Assessing Progress in Temperament Research on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Goldsmith et al. (1987).  Child Development Perspectives, 6, 436-444.

Putnam, S. P. (2012). Positive Emotionality.  In M. Zentner & R. L. Shiner (Eds.) Handbook of Temperament (pp. 105-123).  New York:  Guilford.

Underlined authors are Bowdoin undergraduates