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Marie Helweg-Larsen

Professor of Psychology; Glen E. & Mary Line Todd Chair in the Social Sciences; Director, Norwich Sciences Program in England, 2019-21 (2002)

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Professor Helweg-Larsen’s research is in the areas of social psychology, health psychology and cross-cultural psychology – specifically why smart people do dumb thing and how to make them stop. She is currently examining how smokers react to being stigmatized.


  • B.A., California State University - Northridge, 1989
  • M.A., University of California - Los Angeles, 1990
  • Ph.D., 1994


  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2015-16

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

PSYC 140 Social Psychology
In this introduction to psychological aspects of human social behavior, we discuss such topics as the relationship between attitudes and behavior, how people judge one another, interpersonal and group influence processes, and relations between individuals and groups, with strong emphasis on real-world applications. We also introduce scientific methods and formal theories for studying social behavior.

PSYC 211 Design of Psychological Resrch
Completion of both PSYC 211 and PSYC 210 fulfills the WID Requirement.

PSYC 340 Rsrch Meth in Social Psych
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. This intensive course will provide students with an overview of research methods used in social psychology. Students will learn about major concepts in research planning, design, and analysis when working with social psychological data. Students will also learn about best practices and challenges in social psychological research such as issues of sampling, survey research, correlational research, observational methods, experimental methods, ethics, and replication. In lab students will learn hands-on how to search and review scientific literature, how to design and conduct research projects, collect, analyze and interpret data, and communicate their findings in scientific reports. They will also learn how to use online methods for data collection and survey administration and strengthen their skills in SPSS data analysis. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 140, 210 & 211.

Spring 2023

PSYC 211 Design of Psychological Resrch
Completion of both PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 fulfills the WID Requirement.