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Van Boven, Leaf D Professor


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research overview

  • My research lies at the intersection of social psychology, affective science, environmental psychology, and political psychology. I examine the affective, cognitive, and social processes that shape judgments and decisions in environmental and political contexts . That is, I examine how the mind works to shape people's thoughts and feelings about the world that surrounds them. My lab examines broad interdisciplinary questions such as how socio-political groups and identities influence people's stances toward climate policy and perceptions of political polarization. We also examine basic psychological processes such as how attention intensifies emotion and perceptions of environmental risk. We use laboratory experiments, national surveys, field studies, and archival data to understand such pressing topics as climate policy, political polarization, and well being.


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


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courses taught

  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 4136 - Judgment and Decision Making
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the study of judgment and decision making processes (estimation, prediction and diagnosis, choice under certainty, and risky decision making) and the methods that have been developed to improve these processes (statistical modeling, decision analysis, and expert systems).
  • PSYC 4606 - Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    In-depth study of selected topics in social psychology. Particular section content each semester is determined by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours, provided the topics vary.


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