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Princeton University

conference on Psychology

and policymaking

MAY 10-11, 2012


Keynote Speaker: Amy Cuddy

Amy J. C. Cuddy is an Assistant Professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and BA in Social Psychology from the University of Colorado.

Professor Cuddy studies the origins and outcomes of how we perceive and are influenced by other people, investigating the roles of variables such as culture, emotions, nonverbal behaviors, and hormone levels. Much of her work focuses on social categories (e.g., Asian Americans, elderly people, Latinos, working mothers) – how they are judged by others and by their own members (i.e., stereotyping), and how these judgments set the tone and content of social interactions (i.e., prejudice and discrimination). Cuddy and her collaborators have developed a substantial body of research that focuses on judgments of other people and groups along two core trait dimensions, warmth and competence, which shape and motivate our social emotions, intentions, and behaviors. She examines how these social perception and influence processes play out in domains such as hiring, promotion, and charitable giving, for example. Her most recent work investigates how brief nonverbal expressions of competence/power and warmth/connection actually alter the neuroendocrine levels, expressions, and behaviors of the people making the expressions, even when the expressions are "posed." In fact, "power posing" (i.e., sitting or standing in expansive, space-consuming postures) for just a few minutes before a job interview can significantly increase a candidate's performance and likelihood of getting the job.

Her research has been published in top academic journals, including ScienceJournal of Personality and Social PsychologyTrends in Cognitive SciencesPsychological Science, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. She received the Alexander Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2008, and a Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011. Her research has been covered on CNN, MSNBC, by the New York TimesFinancial TimesTIME, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal, among other news outlets. Her research was featured in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Ideas for 2009 ("Just Because I'm Nice, Don't Assume I'm Dumb"), Scientific American Mind in 2010 ("Mixed Impressions: How We Judge Others on Multiple Levels"), as the cover story in the Nov-Dec 2010 issue of Harvard Magazine ("The Psyche on Automatic"), and in a David Brooks New York Times blog ("Matter Over Mind").  TIME magazine named Cuddy as one of 2012's 'Game Changers.' 

Prior to joining HBS, Professor Cuddy was an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she taught Leadership in Organizations in the MBA program and Research Methods in the doctoral program; and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, where she taught undergraduate Social Psychology. At HBS, she has taught the first-year MBA course in Negotiations, Power and Influence as a second-year MBA course, and in numerous Executive Education programs.

Organizing Committee

Courtney Bearns is a second-year doctoral candidate in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University.

Shane Blackman is a third-year doctoral candidate in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University.

Herschel Nachlis is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University.