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Daniel A. Effron holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. His research examines the psychological processes that allow people to act in morally questionable ways without feeling immoral, and that shape how people respond to the moral transgressions of others. For example, Dr. Effron has investigated how refraining from wrongdoing in the past can make people willing to act less virtuously in the future; when and why a history of good deeds can get one “off the hook” for subsequent transgressions; and what makes individuals willing to acknowledge and redress atrocities committed by their national or ethnic groups. His research has appeared in such scholarly publications as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, has been covered by such popular media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today, and has received a Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association.
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PhD, 2011, Social Psychology , Stanford University
MA, 2009, Psychology , Stanford University
BA, 2005, Psychology , Yale University, magna cum laude

Academic Positions
Visiting Assistant Professor , Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2011-present

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The psychology of morality; trust; decision-making; social cognition

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