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Peter Crabb

Peter Crabb

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My research looks at ways in which technology influences social behavior and personality processes. My studies have examined effects of household appliances on self-efficacy and social norms, gender-typed representations of tool use, the role of tool use in the evolution of human aggression, and environmental degradation caused by the technological way of life. I am currently interested in devising and promoting sustainable cultural systems.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

Journal Articles:

  • Crabb, P. B. (in press). Technological selection: A missing link. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Crabb, P. B. (2005). The material culture of suicidal fantasies. Journal of Psychology, 139, 211-220.
  • Crabb, P. B. (2003). Technology and self-regulation: The case of alarm clock use. Social Behavior and Personality, 31, 343-348.
  • Crabb, P. B. (2000). The material culture of homicidal fantasies. Aggressive Behavior, 26, 225-234.
  • Crabb, P. B. (1999). The use of answering machines and Caller ID to regulate home privacy. Environment and Behavior, 31, 657-670.
  • Crabb, P. B. (1996). Answering machines take the "answering" out of telephone interactions. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 11, 387-397.
  • Crabb, P. B. (1996). Video camcorders and civil inattention. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 11, 805-816.
  • Crabb, P. B. (1992). Effective control of energy-depleting behavior. American Psychologist, 47, 815-816.
  • Crabb, P. B., & Bielawski, D. (1994). The social representation of material culture and gender in children's books. Sex Roles, 30, 69-79.
  • Crabb, P. B., & Elizaga, A. (2008). The adaptive value of tool-aided defense against wild animal attacks. Aggressive Behavior, 34, 633-638.
  • Crabb, P. B., and Marciano, D. L. (2011). Representations of material culture and gender in award-winning children’s books: A twenty-year follow-up. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 25, 390-398.
  • Crabb, P. B., and Stern, S. E. (2010). Technology traps: Who is responsible? International Journal of Technoethics, 1, 19-26.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology and a Sustainable World

Peter Crabb
Department of Psychology
Pennsylvania State University Hazleton
76 University Drive
Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18202
United States

  • Phone: (570) 450-3547

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