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Economic Rockstar

Jun 2, 2016

Dr. Denise Cummins is a research psychologist and an author. She has held faculty and research positions at Yale University, the University of California, the University of Illinois, and the Center for Adaptive Behavior at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. 

Dr Cummins is a respected cognitive scientist who has authored numerous scientific articles, and is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. 

In her Psychology Today blog and PBS NewsHour articles, Denise writes about what she and other cognitive scientists are discovering about the way people think, solve problems, and make decisions.

Denise’s experimental investigations focus on social, moral, and causal decision-making. The aim of her social research is investigating  how perceived relative status impacts fairness in economic transactions. 

Denise is the author of four books, the most recent being Good Thinking: Seven powerful ideas that influence the way we think

Denise received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder and you can find her work at and

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