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Robert

Sternberg

Professor
B44 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York

Human Development

Biography

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.  He was previously President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He also is Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University.

He was previously Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University, and before that, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University. He is a Past President of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, as well as Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.He currently is Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. He holds 13 honorary doctorates and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education.  Sternberg has won the 2108 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and both of the top awards from APS: the William James Award and the James McKeen Cattell Award.  He is also the winner of the APA Div. 1 Ernest Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to General Psychology and the APA Div. 15 E. L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award in Educational Psychology.

Sternberg is the author of over 1700 refereed publications. His H index is 185 and his i10 index is 910. He has been cited 142,641 times. His main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, teaching and learning, love, jealousy, envy, and hate.

My main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, leadership, ethics, love, jealousy, envy, and hate.  I have taught courses in most of these areas, as well as in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, introductory psychology, lifespan development, ethics, and professional socialization.

My current collaborative research projects with my colleagues are on graduate admissions, medical-school admissions, ethics (two projects), my new triangular theory of creativity, as well as application fo the triangular theory of love to understanding jealousy and envy.  I am particularly interested in research we are doing now on taste in scientific problems.

I am currently involved in writing or editing a dozen books.

I am the author of roughly 1,700 publications and, as a principal investigator, have received more than $20 million in grant funding. I have won more than two dozen awards for my work.

I was cited in an APA Monitor report as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60)

In a report in Archives of Scientific Psychology by Diener and colleagues I was cited as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#60).

I have been listed by ISI as one of the most frequently cited scholars (top 1/2%) in psychology/psychiatry.

I was listed as one of the "top 33 psychologists for psychology textbook citations by Griggs & Christopher, 2016, in Teachign of Psychology. I was ranked #5, and #3 among those still living.

I believe I have the highest public h index of any living psychologist (185).

I won the Grawemeyer Award for my idea of successful intelligence.

 

 

2017

 

Hayes, N., & Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  How should textbook authorship count in evaluating scholarly merit.  Academe, https://www.aaup.org/article/how-should-textbook-authorship-count-evaluating-scholarly-merit-or-should-it-count-all#.WdtFCYZryb8.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  1984 redux: A review of How Propaganda Works, by Jason Stanley.  PsycCRITIQUES, 62(15), Article 1.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040799.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  ACCEL: A new model for identifying the gifted.  Roeper Review, 39(3), 139-152.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/kSvRMFf9R8tAJPDRfXrJ/full.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Afterword: In the matter of judging scholarly merit.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, https://doi/full/10.1177/1745691617720729.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  An alternative interpretation of climate data: intelligence.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X16001102.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (2017).  Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). Context-sensitive cognitive and educational testing.  Educational Psychology Review, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10648-017-9428-0.

      https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10648-017-9428-0

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Creativity, intelligence, and culture.  In V. P. Glaveanu, Palgrave handbook of creativity and culture (pp. 77-99).  London: Palgrave.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). The danger of contempt in universities and in modern society.  Journal of College and Character, 18(3), 208-214.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Developing the next generation of responsible professionals: Wisdom and ethics trump knowledge and IQ.  Psychology Teaching Review, 23(2), 51-59.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Does ACCEL excel as a model of giftedness? A reply to commentators.  Roeper Review, 39(3), 213-219.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02783193.2017.1318661?needAccess=true.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Four kinds of expertise.  In D. Z. Hambrick, G. Campitelli, & B. N Macnamara, The science of expertise: Behavioral, neural, and genetic approaches to complex skill.  New York: Psychology Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). The fork in the road. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X17000279.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). Further implications in analyzing contempt in modern society.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X16000868.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017, May 8).  A handbook of cognitive science writ small: Review of Oxford handbook of cognitive science (Susan Chipman, Ed.).  PsycCRITIQUES, 62(19), Article 2.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). I agree—well, mostly!  Roeper Review, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02783193.2017.1362619?scroll=top&needAccess=true.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Intelligence and competence in theory and practice.  In A. J. Elliot, C. S. Dweck, & D. S. Yeager (Eds.), Competence and motivation: Theory and application (pp. 9-24).  New York: Guilford Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  In memorial for Earl Hunt: Acute angles: Parallels and near-parallels in two careers studying human intelligence. Intelligence, 

      https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2017.09.003http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016028961730274X.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). Intelligence and competence in theory and practice. In A. J. Elliot & C. S. Dweck (Eds.), Handbook of competence and motivation (2nd ed.) (pp. 9-24). New York: Guilford Publications.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Introduction to follow-up symposium on “Am I Famous Yet?” Judging scholarly merit in psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, https://doi/full/10.1177/1745691617711967.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). It’s time to move beyond the great chain of being.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X16001783.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Measuring creativity: A 40+ year retrospective. Journal of Creative Behavior, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jocb.218.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Mountain climbing in the dark: Introduction to the special symposium on the future direction of psychological science.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(4), 649-651.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  School mathematics as a creative enterprise.  ZDM Mathematics Education, 49(7), 977-986.  DOI 10.1007/s11858-017-0884-2.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Some lessons from a symposium on cultural psychological science.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 911-921.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Starting your career in academic psychology.  Washington, DC: APA Books.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  A straight-A model of the creative process and its relation to intelligence.  Journal of Creative Behavior, DOI 10.1002/jocb.223.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Theories of intelligence.  In S. Pfeiffer (Ed.), APA Handbook of giftedness and talent (pp. 143-162). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Types of generalization: Introduction to the special section of Perspectives on Psychological Science on cultural psychology.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 757-761.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  We can do better than fads.  In S. O. Lilienfeld & I. D. Waldman (Eds.), Psychological science under scrutiny: Recent challenges and proposed solutions (pp. 340-348). New York: Wiley.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Whence creativity?  Journal of Creative Behavior, 51, 289-292.  DOI: 10.1002/jocb.199.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Why is it so hard for academics to write textbooks?  Psychology Teaching Review, 23(1), 79-84.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (2017). Intelligence. In J. Stein (Ed.), Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology (pp. 1-9). New York: Elsevier.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2017).   Cognitive psychology (7th ed.).  Boston, MA: Cengage.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2017).  Measuring scientific reasoning for graduate admissions in psychology and related disciplines. Journal of Intelligence, http://www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/5/3/29/pdf.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2017).  The psychologist’s companion for undergraduates.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., Sternberg, K., & Todhunter, R. J. E. (2017). Measuring reasoning about teaching for graduate admissions in psychology and related disciplines.  Journal of Intelligence, www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/5/4/34/pdf.

 

 

In press

                                                                                                      

Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Practical intelligence and tacit knowledge: An ecological view of expertise.  In K. A. Ericsson, R. Hoffman, A. Kozbelt, & M. Williams (Eds.), Cambridge handbook on expertise and expert performance (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J. C., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (in press).  Cambridge handbook of human creativity (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  21 ideas: A 42-year search to understand the nature of giftedness. Roeper Review. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Approaches to understanding human intelligence.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Human intelligence: An introduction.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Article writing 101: A crib sheet of 50 tips for the final exam.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Collaborations in psychology: What works, what doesn’t: Review of Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Sciences, Edited by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & Eugene Borgida. American Journal of Psychology.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The concept of intelligence.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of intelligence (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Creative giftedness is not just what creativity tests test:

Implications of a triangular theory of creativity for understanding creative giftedness. Roeper Review.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Direct measurement of scientific giftedness. Roeper Review.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Early history of theory and research on intelligence. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Human intelligence: An introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Ethical considerations in submitting articles.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Evaluation of creativity is always local.  In I. Lebuda & V. P. Glaveanu (Eds.), Re/Searching the social in creativity: Methods, studies, and reflections. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Evolution of a research program on creativity.  In M. Stierand & V. Doerfler (Eds.), Handbook of research methods on creativity.  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Human intelligence: The history of theory, research, and measurement:  Part I: Pre-twentieth century philosophical origins.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of intelligence (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Human intelligence: The history of theory, research, and measurement:  Part II: Psychological theory, research, and practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of intelligence (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (in press).  Human intelligence: An introduction.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Intelligence.  In R. J. Sternberg & W. Pickren (Eds.) (in press). Handbook of the intellectual history of psychology: How psychological ideas have evolved from past to present. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Introduction: Intelligence: lost and found.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), The nature of human intelligence. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Introduction to the Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom: Race to Samarra: The critical importance of wisdom in the world today.  In R. J. Sternberg & J. Glueck (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of wisdom (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Introduction to follow-up symposium on „Am I Famous Yet?“: Evaluating Scholarly Merit in Psychological Science.  Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Introduction to a symposium on modern trends in psychological science: Good, bad, or indifferent?  Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Introduction to a symposium on modern trends in psychological science: Good, bad, or indifferent? Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  IQ testing.  In S. Ayers, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Petrie, T. A. Revenson, & J. Weinman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, & medicine (3rd ed.).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Is gifted education on the right path? The ACCEL model of giftedness. In D. Sisk, B. Wallace, & J. Senior (Eds.), Handbook of gifted education.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (in press).  My biggest research mistake.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (in press). The nature of human intelligence. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Preface.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The psychology of creativity.  In S. Nalbantian & P. M. Matthews (Eds.), Secrets of creativity: What neuroscience, the arts, and our minds reveal.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Robert J. Sternberg.  In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences.  New York:  Springer.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  A straight-A model of the creative process and its relation to intelligence.  Journal of Creative Behavior.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Successful intelligence in theory, research, and practice.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), The nature of intelligence.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Theories and hypotheses.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The theory of successful intelligence.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of intelligence (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Titles and abstracts.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The triangle of creativity.  In R. J. Sternberg & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), The nature of human creativity.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  A triangular theory of creativity.  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Triarchic theory of intelligence.  In B. Frey (Ed.), SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). The triarchic theory of successful intelligence. In D.P. Flanagan & P. L. Harrison (Eds.), Contemporary intellectual assessment: Theories, tests, and issues (4th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  What can psychological science contribute in the 21st century?  In Resources for international psychology: 75 years of the International Council of Psychologists. New York: ICP.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Which articles make a difference? Introduction to Special 30th APS Anniversary Issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Why people often prefer wise guys to guys who are wise: An augmented balance theory of the production and reception of wisdom. In R. J. Sternberg & J. Glueck (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of wisdom.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Wisdom. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.) Encyclopedia of positive psychology. (2nd ed.) New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Wisdom, foolishness, and toxicity: How does one know which is which? In M. Mumford (Ed.),  Leader skills.  New York: Taylor & Francis.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Writing a high-impact article.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Writing for your referees.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Flynn, J. R. (in press).  Environmental effects on intelligence.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Human intelligence: An introduction.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Glueck, J. (Eds.) (in press).  Cambridge handbook of wisdom.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Glueck, J. (in press).  Wisdom, morality, and ethics.  In R. J. Sternberg & J. Glueck (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of wisdom (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hagen, E. S. (in press).  Teaching for wisdom.  In R. J. Sternberg & Glueck, J. (Eds.) (in press).  Cambridge handbook of wisdom.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hagen, E. S. (in press). Wisdom.  In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of lifespan human development.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hayes, N. (in press).  The road to writing a textbook. Teaching of Psychology.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C.  (in press).  Improving creativity.  In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of creativity.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.) (in press).  The nature of human creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press).  Preface.  In R. J. Sternberg & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), The nature of human creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.) (in press).  The relation of creativity to intelligence and wisdom.  In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press).  Societal forces that ERODE creativ

 

I am currently Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science, an APS journal. 

I also am a member of the Board of The Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The board service is not compensated. 

I also am active in the National Academy of Education and am a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

I am a member of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Network through the University of Utah on Adaptations to Childhood Stress: A Strength-Based Approach to Enhancing Productivity and Health in the Context of Adversity.

 

On January 4-5, I spoke to psychology teachers at the annual NITOP conference about improving teaching of psychology.

On January 10-11, I spoke to public audiences in Santiago, Chile, about successful intelligence.

On June 28, I gave a public talk in Heidelberg, Germany, on love.

 

 

I taught HD 1150, Introduction to Infant and Child Development, and the accompanying section, HD 1160, in the fall of 2014.  In the spring of 2015 I taught HD 4440 and HD 6440, the undergraduate and graduate sections of my course on The Nature of Intelligence.  In the fall of 2015, I taught HD 1100, Lifespan Development, as well as HD 4450 and 6450, Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  In the fall of 2016, I taught HD 1100 and also HD 4440 and 6440.  In the fall of 2017, I taught HD 4440 and 6440 as well as a new course on the Nature of Leadership, HD 3450. I also advise undergraduate students who come to my weekly lab meetings, some of whom sign up for credit through independent study.  The lab meeting does not have a course number.  I base my instruction on the augmented theory of successful intelligence, meaning that I emphasize in teaching and assessment creative, analytical, practical, and wisdom-based/ethical thinking.

Together with my wife, Karin Sternberg, I revised our cognitive-psychology textbook with Cengage

   Cognitive Psychology (7th ed.) (2017).

and, published by Cambridge,

    The Psychologist's Companion for Undergraduates.  

Teaching-related publications this year include

Hayes, N., & Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  How should textbook authorship count in evaluating scholarly merit.  Academe, https://www.aaup.org/article/how-should-textbook-authorship-count-evaluating-scholarly-merit-or-should-it-count-all#.WdtFCYZryb8.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (2017).  Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017). The danger of contempt in universities and in modern society.  Journal of College and Character, 18(3), 208-214.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Developing the next generation of responsible professionals: Wisdom and ethics trump knowledge and IQ.  Psychology Teaching Review, 23(2), 51-59.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  School mathematics as a creative enterprise.  ZDM Mathematics Education, 49(7), 977-986.  DOI 10.1007/s11858-017-0884-2.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Why is it so hard for academics to write textbooks?  Psychology Teaching Review, 23(1), 79-84.

 Sternberg, R. J., Sternberg, K., & Todhunter, R. J. E. (2017). Measuring reasoning about teaching for graduate admissions in psychology and related disciplines.  Journal of Intelligence, www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/5/4/34/pdf.

 

 

 

 

HD 1100

HD 1150

HD 1160

HD 3450

HD 4010

HD 4440

HD 6440

HD 4450

HD 6450

All of these except 3450 are NEW courses for me that I have taught in my first three years at Cornell. However, I had not taught 3450 before at Cornell and I redesigned it to be a totally new course with respect to what I had taught before.

 

B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude, honors with exceptional distinction in psychology, Yale University


Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University

13 honorary doctorates from 12 different countries on 4 continents

This year I completed service as chair of a college promotion committee for associate to full professor.

I am currently chair of the graduate admissions committee.

I am currently chair of the HD double junior-faculty search (2 slots).

I previously have served as president of the American Psychological Association (and four of its divisions), the Eastern Psychological Association, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology.  I have been treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. I am a past-president of the University of Wyoming, past-provost of Oklahoma State University, and past-dean of arts and sciences of Tufts University.

 

I have just one website: 

www.robertjsternberg.com

 I have no social-media accounts and have no plans to have any.