Larissa Tiedens

Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior

Phone: (650) 723-3942


Academic Areas: Organizational Behavior

Professor Tiedens' research is primarily in two areas: (1) the psychology of social hierarchies, and (2) the social context of emotion. She is specifically interested in the psychological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of hierarchical relationships. Her work on emotion is concerned with the effects of emotion on social judgment and with relations between social roles and emotions.


Professor Tiedens is the Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior. She received her BA in Psychology from Carleton College and her PhD in Social Psychology from The University of Michigan. Professor Tiedens’ research is concerned with the psychology of social hierarchies and the role of emotions in organizational life. Most recently, Lara has focused on the processes involved in the spontaneous emergence of hierarchies and on the emotional and psychological benefits these hierarchies provide. Her research has appeared in a number of journals in social psychology and organizational behavior and she sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organizational Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Professor Tiedens teaches about interpersonal and team dynamics, the effects of emotions, and negotiations in the MBA, PhD, and Executive programs. Her research and teaching have won awards.

Academic Degrees

PhD, 1998, MA, 1993, Univ. of Michigan;
BA (Hons.), Phi Beta Kappa, 1993, Carleton College.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1998.

Selected Publications

  • The Powerful Want To, the Powerless Have To: Perceived Constraint Moderates Causal Attributions: European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 2006
  • Portrait of the Angry Decision Maker: How Appraisal Tendencies Shape Anger's Influence on Cognition: Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 19, 2006
  • Get Mad and Get More Than Even: The Benefits of Anger Expressions in Negotiations: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 2006
  • Mea culpa: Predicting Stock Prices from Organizational Attributions: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2004
  • Power Moves: Complementarity in Submissive and Dominant Non-Verbal Behavior: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 2003

Working Papers

  • 1615: Anger and Advancement Versus Sadness and Subjugation: The Effect of Negative Emotion Expressions on Social Status Conferral
  • 1629: Judgment Under Emotional Uncertainty: The Effects of Specific Emotions and Their Associated Certainty Appraisals On Information Processing

Awards and Honors

  • Ascendant Scholar, 2003, Western Academy of Management
  • PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award, 2002, Stanford University
  • Paterson Award, 1993, Minnesota Psychological Association

Courses Taught

  • OB 209: Leadership Laboratory


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