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Carlos Torelli's research specialties include the social psychology of power, self-regulation and persuasion.

U of M expert helps explain bad behavior by those in power

May 24, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the IMF’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn are just the latest in a long line of celebrities and politicians who have found themselves in the news for behaving in morally reprehensible and self-destructive ways. While often dismissed as the result of some sense of entitlement, recent University of Minnesota research finds there is more to the story than meets the eye. So who are these power-holders who act against common norms and what makes them ignore obvious warnings about their actions? A U of M expert who can discuss power holders and moral behavior is

Carlos Torelli, assistant professor of marketing, Carlson School of Management

According to Torelli and his new research, certain types of power-holders may be more likely to ignore information that contradicts their internal desires and beliefs, and hence, are less likely to see the warning signs that could prevent them from acting against common norms of public decorum.

To interview Torelli regarding how different cultural values can lead to varying power concepts, contact Steve Rudolph at (612) 624-8770 or skr@umn.edu; or Preston Smith at (612) 625-0552 or smith@umn.edu.

About Carlos Torelli
Torelli applies his knowledge of cross-cultural psychology to identify the key cultural factors that drive consumers' reactions in a globalized economy and to uncover the underlying socio-cognitive processes for these reactions. Torelli's research specialties include global branding, the social psychology of power, cross-cultural consumer behavior, self-regulation and persuasion.

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