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Are hormone levels associated with the attainment of social status? Although endogenous testosterone predicts status-seeking social behaviors, research suggests that the stress hormone cortisol may inhibit testosterone's effects. Thus, individuals with both high testosterone and low cortisol may be especially likely to occupy high-status positions in social… (More)
As leaders ascend to more powerful positions in their groups, they face ever-increasing demands. As a result, there is a common perception that leaders have higher stress levels than nonleaders. However, if leaders also experience a heightened sense of control--a psychological factor known to have powerful stress-buffering effects--leadership should be… (More)
1 Course Description This course is the undergraduate Introduction to Political Psychology. No background in political science or psychology is required, though those that do have experience in these areas are, of course, welcome and appreciated. The goal of the course is to introduce you to some of the major topics and questions in Political Psychology,… (More)
It is by now well known that political attitudes can be affected by emotions. Most earlier studies have focused on emotions generated by some political event (e.g., terrorism or increased immigration). However, the methods used in previous efforts have made it difficult to untangle the various causal pathways that might link emotions to political beliefs.… (More)
Recent research has explored the relationship between social hierarchy and empathic accuracy—the ability to accurately infer other people's mental states. In the current research, we tested the hypothesis that, regardless of one's personal level of status and power, simply believing that social inequality is natural and morally acceptable (e.g., endorsing… (More)
and the UCSD Behavioral International Relations workshop organizers, especially David Victor, for their thoughtful comments on previous versions of this paper.
Appraisal Dimension Fear Anger Certainty Degree to which future events seem predictable and comprehensible (high) or unpredictable and incomprehensible (low). Low High Control Degree to which events seem to be brought about by individual agency (high) or situational agency (low).
1 Course Description This course analyzes processes of decision-making in the context of national and international security. The substantive focus is primarily on foreign policy decisions, often in crisis situations. The class is divided into two parts. In Part I, we will cover a range of theoretical explanations and frameworks for understanding… (More)
2008, terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba—a group historically supported by the Pakistani state—launched a daring sea assault from Karachi, Pakistan, and laid siege to India's economic hub, Mumbai, crippling the city for three days and taking at least 163 lives. The world sat on edge as yet another crisis between South Asia's two nuclear-armed states erupted… (More)