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Pamela K. Smith

Pamela K. Smith

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My research focuses on power: the degree to which one person has more control over valued resources than another. My areas of interest are the effect of power on people’s thinking, motivation, and behavior, and the subtle signals and signs people use to determine how much power they and others have. This work is strongly influenced by my fundamental interest in nonconscious processes more generally. In particular, I study how individuals’ sense of their own and others’ power affects even processes below the level of awareness. My work highlights how the inherently social construct of power has a multitude of internal psychological effects. Thus, throughout my research I study the interplay between interpersonal and intrapersonal phenomena.

Primary Interests:

  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Conscious and Unconscious Processes
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Power and Influence
  • Social Cognition

Pamela K. Smith
Rady School of Management, Otterson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
United States

  • Phone: (858) 822-7472

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