Jake Teeny received a B.S. in both psychology and philosophy from Santa Clara University, as well as a M.A. in social psychology from Ohio State University, where he now pursues a PhD. Jake’s research focuses on the cognitive and affective components of attitudes and persuasion. In particular, his work examines the antecedents to advocacy, or when and why people try to convince others of their beliefs. He has published both empirical articles as well as theoretical chapters on this research and other related topics. Moreover, he applies his insight to the marketing world, where he conducts research with consumer behaviorists on the antecedents to word of mouth.
In addition to science, Jake also has a strong passion for fiction. Since 2013, Jake has published over 20 short stories, appearing in literary magazines like the Saturday Evening Post as well as placing in nationally renowned competitions like Short Story America. As well, he has written various stage and screenplays that have been selected by over a dozen different national and international competitions.
One of Jake’s biggest prides is his weekly blog, “Everyday Psychophilosophy,” which he’s been writing for more than five years. On it, he discusses fascinating findings from social psychology as well as the practical and philosophical implications surrounding them. Jake feels a personal responsibility to disseminate the wisdom of psychology, and in addition to his blog, he has written for multiple other outlets. With free classes on the popular site Highbrow to chapters in free intro psychology textbooks, Jake wants the knowledge of psychology to be accessible to as many people as possible.
For fun (well, for other types of fun–Jake still loves psychology and storytelling), he likes to play and watch basketball, drink fancy beers he really can’t distinguish, and spend time with his family and friends.