Jonathan Renshon

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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)
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)
  • Vipin Narang, Alastair Iain Johnston, +9 authors Caitlin Talmadge
  • 2009
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)
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)
Commitment problems are often regarded as one of the most important, and common, causes of international conflict. IR work on the subject suggests that, at the microlevel, shifting bargaining power can generate an incentive to reject offers, and thus lead to a costly conflict that destroys resources. Despite this, there is a noticeable gap in our(More)
  • Todd S. Sechser, Navin Bapat, +30 authors Anne Sartori
  • 2015
When do states defend their reputations? States sometimes pay heavy costs to protect their reputations, but other times willingly take actions that could tarnish them. What accounts for the difference? This paper investigates the sources of reputation-building in the context of coercive diplomacy. It argues that fears about the future drive(More)
Central to Alex George’s work was a concern with the psychology of presidential decision making. Our analysis focuses on George’s work at the intersection of leadership psychology and the psychology of judgment in the making of consequential foreign policy decisions, specifically those dealing with issues of war and peace. We begin with a review of the(More)
Explanations of international conflict and cooperation emphasize a variety of factors. One prominent explanation of conflict is that unitary actors–states–bargain with each other but face commitment problems when there are shifts in bargaining power. A second set of explanations focuses on the role of domestic politics, with part of this literature(More)