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Ph.D. New York University
B.A. Indiana University
Purdue Climate Change Research Center
Center for the Environment
Dr. Hennes's research focuses on cognitive and motivated biases in information processing and person perception, particularly in the context of contemporary sociopolitical issues such as environmental sustainability and racial and gender inequity. Much of this research examines how concern for the maintenance of social stability and preferences for restorative vs. progressive social change influence cognitive processes. Dr. Hennes also conducts translational research to develop and examine the efficacy (and potential unintended consequences) of social change interventions. Finally, she is heavily involved in the development of new methods for supporting scientific best practice, with a focus on sample size determination.
Toward a generalized framework and flexible software environment for power analysis of alcohol treatment randomized controlled trials. 2018-2023. Award number: R01AA027264. National Institutes of Health, Role: PI, $3,411,401
Make our planet great again: A cross-national comparison of the influence of restorative vs. progressive change frames on concern for environmental sustainability. 2018-2021. FACE Foundation Thomas Jefferson Fund, Role: PI $20,000
Hennes, Erin P., and Layla Dang. “The Devil We Know: Legal Precedent and the Preservation of Injustice.” Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. In Press.
Hennes, Erin P., Taiek Kim, and Leslie Remache. "A Goldilocks Critique of the Hot Cognition Perspective on Climate Change Skepticism." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 2020, 142-147.
Davis, Taylor, Erin Hennes, and Leigh Raymond. "Cultural Evolution of Normative Motivations for Sustainable Behaviour." Nature Sustainability, 1, (5), 2018, 218-224.
Hennes, Erin P., et al. "Motivated Recall in the Service of the Economic System: The case of anthropogenic climate change." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145 (6), 2016, 755-771.
Hennes, Erin P., et al. "Not All Ideologies are Created Equal: Epistemic, existential, and relational needs predict system-justifying attitudes." Social Cognition, 30 (6), 2012, 669-688.