headshot of Dana Carney

Research Expertise and Interest

nonverbal behavior, prejudice and discrimination, power and status, social perception, automaticity, social behavior and market outcomes

Research Description

Dana R. Carney is a professor at Berkeley Haas and an affiliate of the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology. She is also director of the Institute of Personality and Social Psychology (IPSR) and a Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow. Carney studies social behavior, and she is particularly interested in the behavioral expression of prejudice, political affiliation and engagement, generosity, power, and status. Her work often dives deeply into the most micro aspects of social behavior—nonverbal behavior—and much of her work seeks to uncover what it is we actually do with our bodies and faces when we express prejudice, or status, for example. She has been invited to share her research and teaching at academic conferences, universities, and companies all over the world. To Wall Street, she often instructs on topics related to power, status, corruption, and deception. To biotech, pharma, and tech she instructs on topics related to subtle forms of prejudice and discrimination, teamwork, culture, power, and nonverbal communication. At the National Labs, she instructs on teamwork, diversity, and social networks.

In the News

Haas prof reports on the advantage of being first

New research finds that, when making choices, people consistently prefer the options that come first: first in line, first college to offer acceptance, first salad on the menu. A paper on these findings — coauthored by Dana Carney, assistant professor of management at the Haas School of Business — appears in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE.

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