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Richard Dienstbier

Richard Dienstbier

Richard Dienstbier joined the University of Nebraska in 1969, and he served as Psychology Department Chair from 1974-1981. He is the Director of the Social-Personality program and the Series Editor of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. His research concerns stress and stress tolerance (especially physiological toughness) and states that are relevant to major traits of personality.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences

Journal Articles:

  • Dienstbier, R. A. (1989). Arousal and physiological toughness: Implications for mental and physical health. Psychological Review, 96, 84-100.
  • Dienstbier, R. A., & Pytlik Zillig, L. M. (2002). Toughness. In C. R. Snyder & Shane J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other Publications:

  • Dienstbier, R. A. (1991). Nebraska symposium on motivation: Perspectives on motivation. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Dienstbier, R. A., Roesch, S. C., Mizumoto, A., Hemenover, S. H., Lott, R. C., & Carlo, G. (1998). The effects of weapons on judgments of guilt and sentencing of criminals. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 20, 93-102.

Courses Taught:

  • Human Sexuality and Society
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Proseminar in Personality

Richard Dienstbier
Department of Psychology
238 Burnett Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0308
United States

  • Phone: (402) 472-3721
  • Fax: (402) 472-4637

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