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Professor Mark Leary, Ph.D.

Professor Mark Leary
  • Duke University
  • University of Florida
Most of the important things that happen in life involve our encounters and relationships with other people. I became interested in scientific psychology to help us understand both ourselves and the people with whom we interact.

Professor Mark Leary is Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where he heads the program in Social Psychology and is faculty director of the Duke Interdisciplinary Initiative in Social Psychology. He earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his master's and doctoral degrees in Social Psychology from the University of Florida. He has taught previously at Denison University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University, where he served as department chair. Professor Leary has published 12 books and more than 200 scholarly chapters and articles on topics dealing with social motivation and emotion and the negative effects of excessive egotism and self-focus. He has been particularly interested in the ways in which people's emotions, behaviors, and self-views are influenced by their concerns with other people's perceptions and evaluations of them. Professor Leary's books include Social Anxiety; Self-Presentation: Impression Management and Interpersonal Behavior; The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life; Handbook of Self and Identity; and Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods. Based on his scholarly contributions, the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin designated him among the top 40 social and personality psychologists in the world with the greatest impact. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. In addition, he was the founding editor of the journal Self and Identity and is currently the editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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16 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Mark Leary
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Why do people behave the way they do? Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, by psychologist and Professor Mark Leary, is your guide to the latest theories and research from psychology and other behavioral sciences on this age-old question. Understanding the answers will help you better know yourself and the people around you. With the powerful insights you'll find in these 24 intellectually scintillating...
  2. (Set)  The Intelligent Brain & Mysteries of Human Behavior Set

    (Set) The Intelligent Brain & Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
    Often, our own actions are an enigmatic puzzle. Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior uses the latest theories and research from psychology and other behavioral sciences to provide perspective about behavior with insight, curiosity, and wonderment. Pair that with a powerful look at how the brain works in The Intelligent Brain, and you’ll gain deep a understanding into the complex human phenomena.
  3. (Set)  Secrets of Sleep Science & Understanding the Mysteries Set

    (Set) Secrets of Sleep Science & Understanding the Mysteries

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  4. (Set)  Mysteries of Human Behavior & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Human Behavior & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  5. (Set) Understanding Mysteries of Human Behavior & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) Understanding Mysteries of Human Behavior & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Explore what the latest research in neuroscience and the behavioral sciences can add to our understanding of how the human brain evolved and functions and why humans act the way they do. In Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, gain powerful insights into behavior we have all experienced but that has always been a mystery. And in Biology and Human Behavior, explore the interactions between the brain, mind,...
  6. (Set) The Complete Guide to Understanding Human Behavior Set

    (Set) The Complete Guide to Understanding Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,134.75 Starting at $1,134.75 $1,339.75 $1,134.75$1,339.75
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior; The Neuroscience of Everyday Life; How We Learn; Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition; and Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special...
  7. (Set) Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of the world’s financial news and a firmer grasp on your own finances when you complete these two courses. In Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide, examine the process of decision making as it relates to economic choices. In Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, delve into other decisions we make in our lives that affect our happiness,...
  8. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Examine how real forensic scientists investigate lawbreakers and crimes, as well as why people behave the way they do, in this intriguing course set that reveals the multidisciplinary research and practice that probes the actions and consequences of human behavior. In Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works, you'll learn what really happens behind the scenes to enable investigators to crack a case and bring a...
  9. (Set)  Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Neuroscience Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Neuroscience

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $129.90 $151.90 $129.90$151.90
    Explore what the latest research in neuroscience and the behavioral sciences can add to our understanding of how the human brain evolved and functions and why humans act the way they do. In Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, gain powerful insights into behavior we have all experienced but that has always been a mystery. And in The Neuroscience of Everyday Life, chart the workings of the brain and the...
  11. (Set)  Mysteries of Human Behavior & Effective Communication S Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Human Behavior & Effective Communication S

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  12. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  13. (Set) The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn the latest scientific findings on how our brains experience spirituality as well as express other behaviors in this thought-provoking course set. In The Spiritual Brain, neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg offers you an academic, experimental approach into what he calls "objective measures of spirituality" to explain the neuroscientific basis for why religion and spirituality have played such a prominent role in...
  14. (Set) Scientific Secrets for Self-Control & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Scientific Secrets for Self-Control & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.90 Starting at $199.90 $354.90 $199.90$354.90
  15. (Set) Your Deceptive Mind & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior   Set

    (Set) Your Deceptive Mind & Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Why do people behave the way they do? This set will help you explore this question as well as understand science of cognitive biases and thought processes. In, Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Dr. Steven Novella equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life. In Understanding the Mysteries of...
  16. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Origins of the Human Mind Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Origins of the Human Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Explore what the latest research in neuroscience and the behavioral sciences can add to our understanding of how the human brain evolved and functions and why humans act the way they do. Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior gives you powerful insights into behavior we have all experienced but that has always been a mystery. And Origins of the Human Mind delves into the scientific origins of the mind and the...