Dan Gottlieb

Dan GottliebDirector of the Honors Program
Associate Professor of Psychology

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B.S., Psychology | Yale University
Ph.D., Psychology | University of Pennsylvania

Professor Gottlieb is a learning theorist with a primary interest in how organisms understand and deal with uncertainty. His current research interests relate to the timing of rewards and how uncertainty in reward timing can help explain why both social media and addictive drugs are so irresistible. Since coming to Sweet Briar in 2006, Professor Gottlieb has taught a variety of courses relating to animal learning, drug addiction, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and experimental methods. He has also devoted attention to interpreting trends in higher education, improving program and institutional assessment and, most recently, to understanding the recent and sharp rise in opiate-related deaths in the United States. Students who spent time in Professor Gottlieb’s lab have gone on to graduate study in areas including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, animal behavior and industrial/organizational psychology.

Jessica Salvatore

Director of the Honors Summer Research Program
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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B.A., Psychology | Swarthmore College
M.A., Psychology | Princeton University
Ph.D., Psychology | Princeton University

Professor Salvatore trained as an experimental social psychologist. She studies difference and perceived difference — both between groups (e.g., stigma management) and within groups (e.g., conformity). She regularly teaches courses related to social psychology and is co-authoring a book on social justice. She has published peer-reviewed research and commentary in Psychological Science, Sex Roles, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and other journals. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the British Journal of Social Psychology, and serves on the governing council of Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.