Faculty Profile

Eileen Chou

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Chou’s research focuses on the organizational, social, and psychological forces that shape individual and group behavior in organizational settings. She explores questions such as how the terms of contracts promote or inhibit cooperation among team members, whether and when hierarchy is an effective mechanism of social organization, how trust can be used as a strategic tactic, and whether or not it really is “lonely at the top.” 

Chou’s work has appeared in academic journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Economics Journal, Experimental Economics, and Organizational Psychological Review. Her research on prosocial behaviors has been selected to be featured in “the Best Paper Proceedings” by the Organizational Behavior division at the 2010 conference of the Academy of Management.

Chou received her Ph.D. in Management and Organization from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and holds an M.S. in Social Science from Caltech and a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from UCLA.

Selected Recent Publications

What's in a name? The toll e-signatures take on individual honesty

Eileen Y. Chou. "What’s in a name? The toll e-signatures take on individual honesty," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (forthcoming). read more »

Not so lonely at the top: The relationship between power and loneliness

Adam Watz, Eileen Y. Chou, Joe C. Magee, and Adam D. Galinsky. "Not so lonely at the top: The relationship between power and loneliness," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. read more »

How Decisions Happen: Focal Points and Blind Spots in Interdependent Decision Making

Halevy, N., & Chou, E. Y. (2014). How decisions happen: Focal points and blind spots in interdependent decision making. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(3), 398-417. doi:10.1037/a0035351 read more »


Related News & Events

Professor Chou Studies the Psychological Power of the Signature read more »

What’s in a Name? The Toll E-signatures Take read more »

Chou's Research Shows That E-signatures Are Less Trusted read more »

Professor Chou on the social aspect of creativity read more »

Making decisions on our own isn’t easy, especially knowing we bear sole responsibility for the outcome. Making decisions in conjunction with others, however, is even trickier — just think about jury deliberations — because so much depends on each person’s motivation. read more »

Batten professor Eileen Chou's research finds subtle changes in messaging can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of charitable messages such as calls for blood donations read more »