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Benjamin Le

Benjamin Le

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Dr. Le was trained as an experimental social psychologist with a research focus on romantic relationship processes. His work is often framed within the context of Interdependence Theory (Thibaut & Kelley, 1959) and the Investment Model (Rusbult, 1983), and his research revolves around the construct of commitment. In particular, he is interested in the antecedents and consequences of commitment, the structure of general models of commitment, and the role of commitment (and other variables) in predicting relationship stability (vs. breakup). His other work has examined closeness and emotions in relationships, social networks and friend approval in relationships, how social class impacts relationship quality, and the social-cognitive underpinnings of relationship commitment. In addition, he studies relationship maintenance, infidelity, and stress in the context of interpersonal separation. His lab has examined how individuals display their relationship on social networking sites, and how these displays are interpreted by others, and recent research has investigated links between beliefs about relationships and "ghosting" and forgiveness. His work also extends models of interpersonal commitment and maintenance to understanding pro-environmental sacrifice and "green" behaviors in student and community samples, as well as to prosocial academic behavior.

His current scholarly interests are in meta-science, open science methods and transparency in psychology, and scientific access and inclusion, with a focus on developing resources to support teaching and using open science practices in research with undergraduate students.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Courses Taught:

  • Communicating Psychological Science
  • Environmental Psychology and Conservation
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Laboratory in Social Psychology
  • Open Science & Inclusive Psychology
  • People and Numbers: Using Data to Answer Questions in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Senior Research Tutorial in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Theory and Research in Dyadic Processes
  • Phone: (610) 896-1471

Benjamin Le
Department of Psychology
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041
United States

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