Research Interests

In an article in the APS Observer (May/June, 1999), Robert Sternberg (Yale University) and Elena Grigorenko (Yale University, Moscow State University) advocated the Investment Theory of (academic) Creativity as a way to foster scientific progress and creativity. In their recent work, Sternberg and his collaborators argued that, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, investors always try to diversify their portfolio. This helps them guard against the potential volatility of the market and, at the same time, allows them to take advantage of a diverse array of opportunities. Similarly, focusing on more than one area of research gives one some flexibility if one line of research is not thriving, and provides a likely outlet for one's ideas. Besides, experience and ideas in one area are likely to carry over in other areas, and, hence, helps generate an exchange of perspectives that will benefit the creativity of your research. Needless to say, I live by this model.

Here are my research interests:

  • Cultural values
  • Intergroup relations
  • Person-environment interaction
  • Psychology of attitudes and values
  • Analysis of social issues
  • Evolutionary bases of social behavior











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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology • Department of Sociology • 304 Mack Social Sciences
University of Nevada • Mail Stop 300 • Reno Nevada 89557 • Phone: ++1 (775) 784-1287 • Fax: ++1 (425) 790-6838