Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences


I am old school. At Brown since 1991, I carry institutional memories, some of which are obsolescent. My research focuses on the human condition, narrowly defined. I like the intersections of cognitive-social psychology with behavioral economics and philosophy. Interpersonal trust, power, and leadership are recurring themes in my research and teaching. When not in my usual positivist mood (Ayer, 1936), I explore questions of creativity and happiness. I am reluctant to advise for-profit organizations, but the combination of trust and money can be persuasive.

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