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Michael W. Kraus

Michael W. Kraus

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I am a social-personality psychologist and my research focuses on how status, emotions, and the self shape interpersonal life. I study these broad areas of research using a variety of methods that include controlled laboratory experiments, ethological observations, and psychophysiological assessments.

I was born and raised in Poway, California. I received my undergraduate and graduate training in social psychology from UC Berkeley. I am currently an Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Keltner, D., Van Kleef, G. A., Chen, S., & Kraus, M. W. (2008). A reciprocal influence model of social power: Emerging principles and lines of inquiry. In M. A. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 151-192.

Courses Taught:

  • Human Emotion
  • Personality Psychology
  • Power, Status, and Influence
  • Social Psychology

Michael W. Kraus
Department of Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
603 East Daniel Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
United States

  • Phone: (217) 300-0191

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