Joachim Krueger applies psychology to complex situations that leaders face, focusing on interpersonal trust, intergroup perception and relations, negotiation, behavior in social dilemmas, social power, and self-perception. His students gain an understanding of the cognitive and motivational factors underlying judgement and decision making. They examine the heuristics and biases in judgement and decision making, and the difference between judgement under risk and judgement under uncertainty.
Krueger’s research focuses on inductive reasoning in social context, especially the processes of social projection – how and when people assume that others will behave as they themselves do. Understanding social projection can increase the accuracy of social perception and make people more willing to cooperate with others or, conversely, to contribute to in-group favoritism and conflict between groups. At Brown, Krueger teaches seminars on creativity and psychology in business and economics, a laboratory course in social cognition, and a lecture course on happiness. He is author, co-author, or editor of 7 books, and has published more than 100 articles and chapters. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
Krueger earned a PhD in Psychology from University of Oregon.