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Marie Helweg-Larsen

Marie Helweg-Larsen

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  • SPN Mentor

My research areas are in cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, and social psychology. My main area of research investigates the causes, consequences, and correlates of the optimistic bias (people thinking they are less at risk than their peers) -- that is, why people do risky things that they know they should not. In addition, I have research interests in health communication, gender, and public health. Currently, I'm conducting NIH-funded research in the U.S. and Denmark on moralization of smoking.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • General Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Research Methods Using the Internet
  • Seminar in Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Senior Seminar: Risk and Society
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Film
  • Why Do People Believe Weird Things?

Marie Helweg-Larsen
Department of Psychology
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States

  • Phone: (717) 245-1562
  • Fax: (717) 245-1971

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