Christopher Bryan studies psychological influence, behavioral decision-making, and political psychology with a particular interest in psychology as it relates to social and public policy. His research spans a range of theoretical interests and is driven by a core motivation to do work that enhances our understanding of and ability to address important real-world social, political, and policy problems. Much of his work has examined how subtle framing manipulations can change people’s attitudes and behavior in ways that benefit them, their communities, and the larger society. A major theoretical theme of Bryan’s work is the role of the self in influencing attitudes and behavior.
His research has been published in a number of top scientific journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Child Development.
Bryan earned a PhD in psychology from Stanford University and a BA in psychology from McGill University. Prior to joining the University, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.