Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A26. The Psychology of Influence

To influence someone is to “have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone.” How do we as people influence one another? Whether to our benefit or our harm, the people around us exert an influential force on who we become, our preferences and our opinions. This seminar will examine the many ways we are influenced by others in things as simple as the shoes we select to things as complicated as the way we come to see ourselves as individuals. Through reading and interviews, we will critically examine the influences in our own lives and the lives of others to better understand the power of relationships. Importantly, we will also consider how each of us is an influence, and be challenged to exert that influence intentionally, within our own communities.

Christina Riggs RomaineChristina Riggs Romaine
Assistant Professor of Psychology