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Patricia Andrews Fearon
Postdoctoral Scholar, Business
BioAs a social psychologist, I am interested in the psychological drivers of human behavior. I conduct basic research with two paramount goals: to further knowledge and to promote human flourishing.
I believe that addressing the most pressing challenges of our times, such as social inequalities or climate change, will require unprecedented levels of cooperation and a better understanding of the basic psychological processes that can sustain such cooperation.
In my research I investigate questions such as:
Why do people often fail to cooperate even when it would benefit them to do so?
How can widespread cooperation be achieved without coercion?
Can we harness the power of collective action without conformity?
Can we build trust in institutions without reducing critical accountability?