How do we attain influence, power, and social status?

Joey Cheng’s research examines the psychological underpinnings of social hierarchy, overconfidence, and competition. She explores questions such as: How do people rise to influence in groups? What vocal signals do people use to communicate status? What causes people to become overconfident? What are the social costs and benefits to being competitive?

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Psychology Department