Dr. Taya R. Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where she conducts research investigating how personality and situational factors influence unethical and competitive behavior. The two main themes of her research are: (1) understanding the role of moral character traits in inhibiting selfish and harmful behaviors; and (2) understanding why interactions between groups are characterized by more competition, greed, and fear compared to interactions between individuals. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on these topics in leading psychology and management journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Her research has received considerable national and international media attention, with coverage from NBC News and the BBC News Magazine, among other outlets. The media coverage speaks to the interest and importance of Dr. Cohen’s work, not only for members of the academy, but for the general public as well.
Dr. Cohen is among the top educators at the Tepper School of Business, where she teaches a popular course on Negotiations for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students. In addition to teaching Negotiations, she also teaches a doctoral seminar on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, which draws graduate students from many areas of social science, including those studying psychology, decision making, organizational behavior, public policy, and behavioral economics.
Dr. Cohen earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty at the Tepper School in August 2010, after spending two years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor & Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center. In 2012, she was awarded a Xerox Junior Faculty Chair from the Tepper School in recognition of her scholarly achievements.
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Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale (GASP)
- Linked publication: Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., & Turan, N. (2012). Guilt proneness and moral character. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 355-359.
- Linked publication: Cohen, T. R., Wolf, S. T., Panter, A. T., & Insko, C. A. (2011). Introducing the GASP scale: A new measure of guilt and shame proneness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 947-966.
- Cohen, T. R., & Morse, L. (in press). Moral character: What it is and what it does. In A. P. Brief & B. M. Staw (Eds.), Research in Organizational Behavior. Elsevier.
- Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., Turan, N., Morse, L. A., & Kim, Y. (in press). Moral character in the workplace. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Wiltermuth, S. S., & Cohen, T. R. (in press). “I’d only let you down”: Guilt proneness and the avoidance of harmful interdependence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Cohen, T. R. (2010). Moral emotions & unethical bargaining: The differential effects of empathy and perspective taking in deterring deceitful negotiation. Journal of Business Ethics, 94, 569-579.
- Cohen, T. R., Gunia, B. C., Kim-Jun, S. Y., & Murnighan, J. K. (2009). Do groups lie more than individuals? Honesty & deception as a function of strategic self-interest. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1321-1324.
- Cohen, T. R., & Insko, C. A. (2008). War and peace: Possible approaches to reducing intergroup conflict. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 87-93.
- Cohen, T. R., Montoya, R. M., & Insko, C. A. (2006). Group morality and intergroup relations: Cross-cultural and experimental evidence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1559-1572.
- Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., & Turan, N. (2013). Predicting counterproductive work behavior from guilt proneness. Journal of Business Ethics, 114, 45-53.
Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., & Turan, N. (2012). Guilt proneness and moral character. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 355-359.
- Linked other: Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale (GASP)
- Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., Turan, N., Morse, L. A., & Kim, Y. (2013). Agreement and similarity in self-other perceptions of moral character. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 816-830. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.08.009.
- Cohen, T. R., Wildschut, T., & Insko, C. A. (2010). How communication increases interpersonal cooperation in mixed-motive situations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 39-50.
Cohen, T. R., Wolf, S. T., Panter, A. T., & Insko, C. A. (2011). Introducing the GASP scale: A new measure of guilt and shame proneness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 947-966.
- Linked other: Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale (GASP)
- Halevy, N., Chou, E., Cohen, T. R., & Bornstein, G. (2010). Relative deprivation and intergroup competition. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 13, 685-700.
- Halevy, N. Chou, E. Y., Cohen, T. R., & Livingston, R. W. (2012). Status conferral in intergroup social dilemmas: Behavioral antecedents and consequences of prestige and dominance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(2), 351-366.
- Halevy, N., Cohen, T. R., Chou, E. Y., Katz, J. J., & Panter, A. T. (2014). Mental models at work: Cognitive causes and consequences of conflict in organizations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(1), 92-110. doi: 10.1177/0146167213506468
- Hershfield, H. E., Cohen, T. R., & Thompson, L. (2012). Short horizons and tempting situations: Lack of continuity to our future selves leads to unethical decision making and behavior. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 117, 298-310.
- Insko, C. A., Wildschut, T., & Cohen, T. R. (2013). Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity in the Prisoner's Dilemma Game: How common fate, proximity, and similarity affect intergroup competition. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120, 168-180. doi: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2012.07.004.
- Wolf, S. T., Cohen, T. R., Kirchner, J. L., Rea, A., Montoya, R. M., & Insko, C. A. (2009). Reducing intergroup conflict through the consideration of future consequences. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 831-841.
- Wolf, S. T., Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., & Insko, C. A. (2010). Shame proneness and guilt proneness: Toward the further understanding of reactions to public and private transgressions, Self & Identity, 9, 337-362. [*Winner of the Best Paper of the Year Award from the International Society for Self and Identity*]
- Cohen, T. R., & Thompson, L. (2011). When are teams an asset in negotiations and when are they a liability? In E. A. Mannix, M. A. Neale, J. R. Overbeck (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Negotiation and Groups, Vol. 14 (pp. 3-34). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1534-0856(2011)0000014004
- Negotiations (Masters of Business Administration course & Executive Education)
- Research Methods in Behavioral Science (PhD Seminar)
- Unethical Behavior (PhD Seminar)
Taya R. Cohen
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
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