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Department of Psychology

Psychology Matters Newsletter

Research Matters

research By Leanne ten Brinke, PhD
Assistant Professor



What qualities make a political leader more or less influential? Philosophers, political scientists, and psychologists alike have puzzled over this question, and have proposed two very different routes to political power. The first traces back to Aristotle, who reasoned that a politician should—above all—be virtuous. He believed that political influence was to be found in virtuous practices such as temperance, courage, and humility. Machiavelli offered a much different approach; he advised political leaders to exert influence by force, manipulation, and violence, if necessary. Read More...

Diversity Matters
By Daniel Storage
Teaching Assistant Professor



 A recent article in the New York Times reported that, in 2013, parents were two and a half times more likely to Google questions such as "Is my son gifted/intelligent/a genius?" than ones such as "Is my daughter gifted/intelligent/a genius?" (Stephens-Davidowitz, 2014). In one of my own research studies, I searched through the language used by students in over 14 million reviews on the popular teacher evaluation website Read more...

Major Matters
By Peter Sokol-Hessner, PhD
Assistant Professor


Getting different academic fields to talk to each other is no small thing, let alone appreciate each other for what they can uniquely contribute. I teach an Advanced Seminar (ASEM) called Decision-Making and Neuroeconomics in which students from academic backgrounds as varied as finance, computer science, psychology, hospitality, biology, and philosophy, among others, read upward of 25 peer-reviewed scientific empirical articles about human decision-making during the term. Read more...

Alumni Matters
alumniBy Gianmarco Cacciamatta
DU Psychology Alumn, Class of 2008


After graduating in the summer of 2008, during the financial meltdown, I became increasingly uninspired by the income potential that an undergraduate degree in psychology offered. Can you relate? Today, I am a full equity partner in one of the largest financial services firms in North America. I started out recruiting talent to the firm, then transitioned into financial planning for young families, began to work on increasingly complex family dynamics and corporate structures, and today lead a humble team that is regionally recognized for our work with humble to successful clients. Read more...

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