Eric R. Dahlen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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If pressed to describe my research interests at the broadest level, I would probably say that much of what I do is aimed at the goal of understanding why people engage in behaviors that most of us would consider to be anti-social or morally transgressive (e.g., aggression, bullying, cheating, lying, interpersonal manipulation). These behaviors cause considerable pain and suffering in the world, and the hope is that improved understanding can inform prevention and intervention efforts around reducing their occurrence.

My program of research addresses overt and relational aggression and victimization among emerging adults; cyber aggression, normal and dark personality traits (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism), dysfunctional anger, and clinical traffic psychology (i.e., the study of driver personality in motor vehicle accidents and accident-related behaviors). While much of my earlier work involved the development and evaluation of brief cognitive-behavioral treatments for angry and aggressive adults, my focus has recently shifted more toward the role of normal and pathological personality traits in a variety of aggressive behaviors (e.g., relational aggression, cyber aggression, aggressive driving).

To learn more about my research, including opportunities for students, please visit the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab.