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U.S. Presidential Campaign Offers a Study in Leadership Styles

For American voters and the rest of the world, the final weeks of the U.S presidential election campaign have become a spectacle to behold – or perhaps to turn away from.

For Jessica Tracy, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, it’s a research opportunity like no other...

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The Power of Pride

Jess interviewed about Take Pride on Think, at KERA national public radio.

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Get Yourself to Do Stuff by Appealing to Your Own Sense of Pride

A story at the start of Take Pride, a forthcoming book by University of British Columbia psychologist Jessica Tracy, is a typical one of youthful aimlessness, at least at first. Tracy writes about her post-college life in the late 1990s, when she moved across the country to San Francisco and got a job as a barista in a cozy cafe. It was a pleasant life, filled with lots of people to talk to and lots of time to read, along with few anxieties or responsibilities. But after about a year, she started missing something she’d had in college…

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Jessica Tracy

Outrageousness is Trump's trump card: Column

We don't like people who intimidate and belittle others, but we still give them power.

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The Purpose of Human Pride: Why the 'Deadliest Sin' Holds the Key to Human Success

If we in the West consider ourselves highly evolved, why do we take so many blowhard politicians seriously, even when they’re spouting blatant untruths? In her search to uncover the evolutionary lineage—and potential social benefits—of pride, Tracy cites a study that shows five-year-olds will believe people who show self-belief and certainty, even when they’ve been proven wrong. Adults, when partially distracted, are just as gullible.

At a basic level, it seems, all of us are hard-wired to pay attention to people who display pride...

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Two Kinds of Pride

Jess interviewed about Take Pride on New Day Northwest, King 5 TV

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Cheng, Tracy, Ho, & Henrich (2016)

Listen, Follow Me: Dynamic Vocal Signals of Dominance Predict Emergent Social Rank in Humans

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145 (5), 536–547

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2013 »

Randles & Tracy (2013)

Shamed into taking a drink? Nonverbal displays of shame predict relapse and worsening health among recovering alcoholics.

Clinical Psychological Science

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Cheng, Tracy, Foulsham, Kingstone, & Henrich (2013).

Two ways to the top: Evidence that dominance and prestige are distinct yet viable avenues to social rank and influence

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 103–125.

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2012 »

Ashton-James & Tracy (2012)

Pride and Prejudice: Feelings about the self influence judgments of others.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 466-476.

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2011 »

Shariff & Tracy (2011)

What are emotion expressions for?

Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 395-399

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Tracy, Hart, & Martens (2011)

Death and science: The existential underpinnings of belief in intelligent design and discomfort with evolution.

PLoS ONE, 6, e17349.

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Tracy & Beall (2011)

Happy Guys Finish Last: The impact of emotion expressions on sexual attraction.

Emotion, doi: 10.1037/a0022902.

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Tracy and colleagues.

Coverage of our research on pride (2004-2011)

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Tracy & Matsumoto (2008)

The spontaneous display of pride and shame: Evidence for biologically innate nonverbal displays.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 11655-11660.

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2007 »

Tracy & Robins (2004; 2007)

Show Your Pride & Emerging Insights into the Nature and Function of Pride (2004; 2007)

Psychological Science and Current Directions in Psychological Science

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