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Knight, Erik

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My research broadly focuses on sex hormones, stress, and health outcomes within social hierarchies. I also examine biological determinants of status-seeking social behavior with a particular focus on causal mechanisms linking biology to behavior. This research aims to uncover psychosocial and biological determinants of resilience to social disparities in stress and health.


  • testosterone, cortisol, psychoneuroimmunology, social status, stress, health,


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courses taught

  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Senior Thesis credits are available for students during the semester that they write and defend a departmental Honors Thesis. A neuroscience honors thesis must be based on an empirical research project that the student directs/participates in under guidance from a faculty member. Contact the neuroscience director for further information.
  • PSYC 2606 - Social Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Covers general psychological principles underlying social behavior. Analyzes major social psychological theories, methods, and topics, including attitudes, conformity, aggression, attraction, social perception, helping behavior, and group relations.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    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 4606 - Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    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.
  • PSYC 5606 - Proseminar: Social-Personality Psychology
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Provides a thorough introduction to methods and theories in social psychology concerned with topics such as the self, social cognition, judgment and decision making, attitude formation and change, small group processes, inter-group relations, health and social psychology, and others. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 6606 - Professional Issues in Social Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Covers a range of topics important for professional development in social psychology, including preparation and delivery of research presentations, preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts, and peer review of manuscripts. Intended to prepare students for careers as research scientists. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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