Psychology of Popularity

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  • Week 1 - How is Popularity Affecting Your Life as an Adult?
    We will review how popularity is changing your social information processing and DNA expression.
  • Week 2 - How Do We Study Popularity Scientifically?
    We will discuss the ways that we have identified different subgroups of kids and adults who have different popularity profiles.
  • Week 3 - Why are Some People More Popular Than Others? (Part 1)
    We will discuss what behaviors popular people engage in, and what types of specific behaviors makepeople unpopular almost immediately. Implications for adult relationships will be discussed.
  • Week 4 - Why are Some People More Popular Than Others? (Part 2)
    We will review why facial and body attractiveness plays a role in popularity and how parents can maketheir children more popular.
  • Week 5 - How Does Popularity Change Our Mood, Feelings, and Behaviors? (Part 1)
    We will discuss recent findings regarding the links between popularity and psychopathology.
  • Week 6 - How Does Popularity Change Our Mood, Feelings, and Behaviors? (Part 2)
    We will review why popular people really do have better skills and life outcomes compared to others.




Dr. Mitch Prinstein
John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Author of Popular: The Power of Likeability in a Status-Obsessed World
UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is known around the world for innovative teaching and research. Regularly ranked as the nation’s best value for academic quality, UNC has produced the most Rhodes Scholars for the past 25 years among U.S. public research universities.


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