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Kristina Durante

Kristina Durante

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Kristina Durante is an assistant professor in the College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin, a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University. Her research program includes three primary lines: (1) family spending decisions, (2) social influence, and (3) the biological basis of consumer behavior. The unifying thread linking all three areas is an evolutionary theoretical approach.

Her work has appeared in several top tier academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Kristina’s research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets worldwide. Prior to entering academia, Kristina spent seven years as an entertainment marketing executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RCA Records and Planet Hollywood International.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

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Other Publications:

  • Durante, K. M., & Saad, G. (2010). Strategic shifts in women’s social motives and behaviors across the menstrual cycle: Implications in corporate settings. In A. Stanton, M. Day, & I. Welpe (Eds.), Neuroeconomics and the Firm (pp. 116-130), Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Griskevicius, V., Simpson, J. A., Durante, K. M., Kim, J., & Cantu, S. (2012). Evolution, social influence, and sex ratio. In D. Kenrick, N. Goldstein, and S. Braver (Eds.), Six Degrees of Social Influence: Science, Application, and the Psychology of Robert Cialdini.

Courses Taught:

  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Personal Selling
  • Research Methods

Kristina Durante
College of Business
University of Texas, San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249-0638
United States

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