Department of Psychology

Daniel Hrubes, Ph.D.

Daniel Hrubes

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
M.S.,  University of Massachusetts
B.G.S., University of Michigan

Areas of Interest

  • “White lies,” or the motivation behind deception to control emotions
  • The influence of attitudes and opinions on behaviors
  • Persuasion

Dr. Hrubes is interested in how people use deception to achieve goals such as controlling their own emotions and influencing the emotions of those around them. His investigations include assessing the frequency with which individuals use these different types of deception as well as developing a reliable measure to assess people’s attitudes toward these types of deceptions.

Our impressions of others influence a variety of decisions including hiring decisions, personal relationship decisions, judicial sentencing decisions, and voting decisions. Understanding how people use the information available to them when forming these impressions is of considerable importance. Dr. Hrubes is also interested in how factors such as nonverbal behavior and motivation influence these judgments. He investigates these questions by combining theory from social cognition with practical information about the nonverbal displays that occur in real world settings.

Persuasion is a central part of our professional, political, economic, and social lives. Dr. Hrubes is interested in how variables such as nonverbal delivery style affect the success of persuasive appeals. Using a theoretical approach informed by current dual-process models of persuasion, he examines how the nonverbal behavior associated with persuasive appeals influences the mechanisms that underline attitude change. He is also interested in the interplay between values and attitudes in directing behavior. Understanding the relationship between general value orientations and specific attitudes and behaviors can help explain and predict a variety of important individual behaviors.


  • PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II
  • PSYC 315 Research Methods
  • PSYC 321 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 375 Internship
  • PSYC 405 Advanced Research Methods
  • PSYC 432 Motivation and Emotion
  • PSYC 450 Capstone: Psychology
  • PSYC 475 Internship

Hrubes, D., & Garcia, N. “Does Being Involved in White Lies Change the Way We Evaluate Them”. Eastern Psychological Association, 2020.

Hrubes, D., Fisher, P. H., Joh, A. S., Alexander, K. E., Brooks, P. J., & Saltzman, E. S.  Developing Employment-Related Skills for Psychology Majors”. Co-Chair: D. Hrubes. Teaching Symposium, Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2018

Hrubes, D. , Brown, S., & Neil, D. “Individual Differences and Deception Role Influences an Judgments of Harmless Deceptions”. Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA, 2017

Hrubes, D, Rodriguez, O., & Munroe, M. “Investigating Factors that Influence Judgments of Harmless Deceptions”. Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY, 2016

Hrubes, D., Fox, A., and Sepulveda, C., “The Influence of Deception Role and Relationship Type on Judgments of Deception,” Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Mass., 2014

Hrubes, D. and Blum, A., “Hypocrisy Regarding Attitudes toward the Use of Emotion Focused Deception,” Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Mass., 2008

Hrubes, D. and Mecca, P., “Development of the Emotion-Focused Deception Inventory,” Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, Pa., 2007

“Why do people lie?” Faculty Lecture Series, College of Mount Saint Vincent, 2005

Hrubes, D., Abrams, L., Tobon, C., Mayo, P., and Scali, D., “Attitudes toward three types of emotion focused deception,” Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Mass., 2005

Hrubes, D., Dwyer, J., and Signorile, E., “Gender differences in the use of emotion-focused deception,” Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 2004

Hrubes, D., Signorile, E., and Dwyer, J., “Investigating the relationship between the use of emotion-focused deception, self-monitoring, and self-consciousness,” Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 2004

Hrubes, D., Fisher, P. H., Joh, A. S., Alexander, K. E., Brooks, P. J., & Saltzman, E. S.  “Developing Employment-Related Skills for Psychology Majors.” T. Ober, E. Che, J Brodsky, C. Raffaele, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.), How We Teach Now (Volume 2): The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching, 2020

Hrubes, D., Feldman, R. S., and Tyler, J., “Emotion-Focused Deception: The Role of Deception in the Regulation of Emotion,” P. Phiulippot & R.S. Feldman (Eds.), The Regulation of Emotion, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004

Hrubes, D., Brown, T. C., and Ajzen, I., “Further tests of entreaties to avoid hypothetical bias in referendum contingent valuation,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2003

Hrubes, D., Daigle, J. J., and Ajzen, I., “A comparative study of beliefs, attitudes, and values among hunters, wildlife viewers, and other outdoor recreationists,” Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 7, 1-19, 2002

Hrubes, D. and Felderman, R. S. “Nonverbal displays as indicants of task difficulty,” Contemporary Educational Psychology, 26, 267-276, 2001

Hrubes, D., Ajzen, I., and Daigle, J. J., “Predicting Hunting Intentions and Behavior: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior,” Leisure Sciences, 23, 165-178, 2001