Jake Teeny received a B.S. in both Psychology and Philosophy from Santa Clara University, before attaining his M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University. Presently, an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, he researches the science of persuasion, examining how the self-perceptions of our own thoughts and feelings (i.e., our metacognitions) influence our behaviors, and how those metacognitions affect whether ideas and brands “go viral.” In researching these topics, he has published studies both in top-tier psychology and marketing journals and has written multiple theoretical chapters on their subject matter.
In trying to spread the findings of behavioral research to a broader audience, he has maintained the longtime blog, “Everyday Psych,” which applies fascinating and cutting-edge psychological research to enhancing everyday life. He has also written on these topics for other outlets, such as Psychology Today, the popular website Highbrow, and the international introductory psychology textbook, Noba.
In addition to his work conducting and translating science, Jake also regularly writes and publishes creative writing. With dozens of short stories and screenplays published in various literary magazines (like the Saturday Evening Post) and nationally renowned writing competitions (like Short Story America), Jake continues to actively translate the daydreams in his head to fun plots and characters comprising a wide variety of genres and forms.