About the Author
David Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, where students have voted him “Outstanding Professor." Myers's love for teaching psychology is manifest in his writings for the lay public. His articles have appeared in two dozen magazines and he has authored or co-authored a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Happiness
(Avon, 1993) and Intuition: Its Powers and Perils
(Yale University Press, 2002). Also an award-winning researcher, Myers received the Gordon Allport Prize from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association for his work on group polarization. His scientific articles have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science,
and The American Psychologist.
He has served his discipline as consulting editor to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
In his spare time he has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a community action agency that assists impoverished families, and spoken to dozens of collegiate and religious groups. David and Carol Myers are the parents of two sons and a daughter.
Steven J. Spencer is an assistant professor and chair of the social psychology division at the University of Waterloo. He teaches popular classes in Social Psychology and Social Cognition and is known for his lively lectures and engaging classroom demonstrations. Dr. Spencer also maintains an active research program that investigates self-image maintenance processes, motivated social perception, and stereotyping. In particular, he has examined how threats to the self-concept can lead people to stereotype others, and how being stereotyped by others can threaten people and undermine their performance on academic tasks. His work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In his spare time he plays on an intramural basketball team organized by the graduate students in social psychology at the University of Waterloo, and enjoys spending time with his family. Steven and Shelley Spencer are parents of two children, a daughter and a son.