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Robert S. Feldman

Robert S. Feldman

My work focuses on three main areas:

First, I study lying in everyday life. In this research, I look at the ways in which people use lying strategically in their social interactions, and the consequences of this deception.

Second, I am interested in understanding the factors that underlie and promote academic success in college students. In this work, I’m looking at ways to help students make the most of their college experience and to increase student retention.

Finally, I am focused on supporting undergraduate education through my teaching and by publishing a number of textbooks. My teaching and texts have common goals: to nurture students’ understanding and excitement about intellectual pursuits and to help students use what they have learned to improve their lives.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior

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Journal Articles:

  • Feldman, R. S., Forrest, J. A., & Happ, B. R. (2002). Self-presentation and verbal deception: Do self-presenters lie more? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 24, 163-170.
  • Forrest, J., Feldman, R. S., & Tyler, J. (2004). When accurate beliefs lead to better lie detection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 764-780.
  • Hunsinger, M., Poirier, C.R., & Feldman, R.S. (2008). The role of personality and class size in student attitudes toward individual response technology. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 2792-2798.
  • Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2005). Deflecting threat to one's image: Dissembling personal information as a self-presentation strategy. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 371-378.
  • Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2004). Cognitive demand and self-presentation efforts: The influence of situational importance and interaction goal. Self and Identity, 3, 364-377.
  • Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2004). Truth, lies, and self-presentation: How gender and anticipated future interaction relate to deceptive behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 2602-2615.
  • Tyler, J. M., Feldman, R. S., & Reichert, A. (2006). The price of deceptive behavior: Disliking and lying to people who lie to us. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 69-77.
  • Weiss, B., & Feldman, R. S. (2006). Looking good and lying to do it: Deception as an impression management strategy in job interviews. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1070-1086.
  • Zimbler, M., & Feldman, R.S. (2011). Liar liar, hard-drive on fire: How media context affects lying behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2492-2507.

Other Publications:

  • Feldman, R. S., & Tyler, J. M. (2009). Factoring in age: Nonverbal communication across the life span. In M. L. Patterson & V. Manusov (Eds.), Handbook of Nonverbal Communication. Pp. 191-199.
  • Poirier, C., & Feldman, R.S. (2012). Using technology to enhance teaching and learning. In Schwartz, B., & Gurung, R.A.R. (Eds.,) Evidenced-Based Teaching for Higher Education. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. Pp. 39-57.

Robert S. Feldman
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
225 Draper Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
United States of America

  • Phone: (413) 577.1203
  • Fax: (413) 577-0905

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