Department of Psychology
United States of America
Dr. Alia Crum focuses on how changes in subjective mindsets - the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted - can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. Her work is, in part, inspired by research on the placebo effect, a remarkable and consistent demonstration of the ability of the mindset to elicit healing properties in the body.
She is interested in understanding how mindsets affect important outcomes outside the realm of medicine, in the domains of behavioral health and organizational behavior. More specifically, she aim to understand how mindsets can be consciously and deliberately changed through intervention to affect organizational and individual performance, physiological and psychological well-being, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Crum AJ, Salovey P, Achor S (2011) Evaluating a mindset training program to promote the enhancing nature of stress Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, Aom 2011
Crum AJ, Corbin WR, Brownell KD, Salovey P. Mind over milkshakes: mindsets, not just nutrients, determine ghrelin response. Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 30: 424-9
Crum AJ, Salovey P, Achor S. Rethinking stress: the role of mindsets in determining the stress response. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 104: 716-33