David DeSteno

Professor
Location: 125 NI (Nightingale Hall), Boston, MA 02115
Dr. DeSteno’s research centers on the impact affective states have on decision making and behavior. His lab takes a multilevel and multiprocess approach to examining the psychological functions, phenomenologies, and sequelae that are associated with distinct emotional states. Current projects focus on the effects of emotions on several types of social…

Dr. DeSteno’s research centers on the impact affective states have on decision making and behavior. His lab takes a multilevel and multiprocess approach to examining the psychological functions, phenomenologies, and sequelae that are associated with distinct emotional states. Current projects focus on the effects of emotions on several types of social judgment (e.g., moral decision making, risk assessment, attitude change, trust) as well as on behaviors fundamental to social living (e.g., trust and cooperation, prosocial action, organizational behavior, altruism, aggression).

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Social Psychology

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David DeSteno

Why does Patriots Nation trust Tom Brady when no one else does?

"It’s an established fact that our sense of whether a person’s actions are morally correct doesn’t solely depend on the objective facts. It also depends on our links to the person in question." Psychology professor David DeSteno takes a look at the trust Patriots Nation has in Tom Brady.