Robert Feldman

Dr. Robert Feldman, Ph.D. is Dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Feldman, who is winner of the College Distinguished Teacher award, has also taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.


A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science, Dr. Feldman studies self-presentation in adults and children, both in terms of nonverbal behavior and how and when people are verbally deceptive. In this research, he looks at the ways in which people use lying strategically in their social interactions, and the consequences of this deception. A winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, Feldman is one of the most successful and prolific textbook authors within the field of psychology. 


Dr. Feldman is also interested in understanding the factors that underlie and promote academic success in college students. As part of this work, he is director of Power-Up for Success program.  He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife.


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Published work

Books by Robert Feldman: The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships (Twelve, August 2009)

Textbooks by Robert Feldman: P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life (McGraw-Hill); Essentials of Understanding Psychology (McGraw-Hill); Understanding Psychology (McGraw-Hill); Development Across the Life Span, (Prentice Hall); Child Development (Prentice Hall).

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The Way to Truthful Relationships 



Dr. Robert Feldman

-just published by Twelve-

 The Liar in your life


In THE LIAR IN YOUR LIFE: The Way to Truthful Relationships, psychology professor Dr. Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His account is once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications.
Feldman examines marital infidelity, little white lies, career-driven résumé lies, how we teach children to lie, and—perhaps most insidious—the lies we tell ourselves. Along the way, he reveals how it is nearly impossible to spot a liar, despite our beliefs to the contrary. He also provides startling evidence of just how integral lying is to our culture; indeed, his research shows that two people, meeting for the first time, will lie to each other an average of three times in the first ten minutes of a conversation. THE LIAR IN YOUR LIFE explores not only why people lie in their own lives, but also why, as a society, we engage in and often encourage dishonesty—and how we can overcome the odds to become honest people.

Listen to Robert Feldman on Good Morning AmericaThe Leonard Lopate Show and  Talk of the Nation