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Nick Herrera

Nick Herrera

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Nick Herrera is an Assistant Professor at Long Beach City College. He received his B.A. (1995) from the University of California at San Diego and his M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) from Stanford University, where he studied social psychology. As a graduate student, he conducted research on emotional contagion, beliefs about birth order differences in intelligence and personality, and the social psychology of evil. He worked as an Honors Intern for the FBI, studying the hunting patterns of serial rapists and the behavioral profiling of serial killers. He also studied painting and drawing for four years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

His research examines the interpersonal consequences of shyness; the fear of missing out (FOMO); the relationship between the experience of sleep paralysis and personality traits; and cultural, personality, and situational factors that affect how and why people flirt. He is also interested in real-world examples of extreme and systematic attempts at social influence referred to as brainwashing and mind control.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Courses Taught:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Nick Herrera
Department of Psychology
Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street
Long Beach, California 90808
United States

  • Phone: (562) 938-4332

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