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Van Boven, Leaf D Professor


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  • People’s judgments and decisions profoundly influence experiences and outcomes in everyday life. How do time and attention affect emotional experience? How do immediate emotions influence charitable donations? How does egocentrism influence political polarization? How does political polarization impede climate policy? My lab has examined questions such as these by using experimental methods to understand how people judge—and sometimes misjudge—themselves and the social world. We focus on two tracks of psychological processes that manifest in everyday social contexts: the interrelation of time, emotion and attention; and egocentric empathy gaps.


  • Emotion, Judgment and Decision Making, Social Psychology, Political Psychology, , Environmental Psychology, Behavioral Economics


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