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Jerry Burger

Jerry Burger

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Jerry Burger's recent research has focused largely on social influence, particularly compliance. He recently conducted a partial replication of Stanley Milgram’s famous obedience studies that allowed for useful comparisons with the original investigations while protecting the well-being of participants. The research was featured in the January 3, 2007, broadcast of ABC News’ Primetime. You can see a short summary of that broadcast at:

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Professor Burger also has conducted research on the perception of and motivation for personal control. He developed the Desirability of Control Scale to measure individual differences in the extent to which people prefer to feel in control of their environment. In 1992, he published a book reviewing research with the DC Scale. Professor Burger's undergraduate personality textbook (Thomson/Wadsworth) is now in its eighth edition. The book bridges the traditional theories approach to understanding personality with current research in the field.

Primary Interests:

  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Burger, J. M. (2002). Four decades and counting [Review of the book Obedience to authority: Current perspectives on the Milgram paradigm]. Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 47, 665-667.
  • Burger, J. M. (1998). Solitude. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), The encyclopedia of mental health (pp. 563-569). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • The Desirability of Control Scale

Courses Taught:

  • Personality
  • Psychology As a Social Science
  • Research Methods
  • Research Practicum
  • Social Psychology
  • Writing in Psychology

Jerry Burger
Department of Psychology
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95053
United States

  • Phone: (408) 544-4489

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