Leanne ten Brinke

Leanne Marie ten Brinke

Assistant Professor

What I do

Leanne ten Brinke, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology where she directs the Truth and Trust Lab.


Emotion, deception, power, psychopathy

Professional Biography

Leanne ten Brinke joined the University of Denver as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Previously, she was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Haas School of Business and Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. She received her doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012, examining the behavioral consequences of emotional, high-stakes deception. In addition, Leanne has conducted research at the London Business School and Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on social cognition, broadly, and the paradox of trust, in particular. That is, if determining whom to trust is so important, why does decades of research suggest that the accuracy of these decisions is so poor? She has published articles in leading academic journals addressing this question, and has received national and international media attention for her work. She was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2012
  • BS, Psychology, Dalhousie University, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology


Dr. ten Brinke and members of the Truth and Trust Lab at University of Denver studies whether humans can accurately discriminate friend from foe, how this process unfolds, and the conditions under which we are persuaded to place our trust in others. We utilize ethologically rich stimuli and diverse methods - including nonverbal behavioral coding, implicit cognitive tests, psychophysiological and neuroendocrine reactions - to understand how trust, affiliation, and influence unfold in the real-world.

Featured Publications

ten Brinke, L. M., Kish, A., & Keltner, D. (2018). Hedge fund managers with psychopathic tendencies make for worse investors. . Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 214-223.
ten Brinke, L. M., Lee, J. J., & Carney, D. R. (2019). Different physiological reactions when observing lies versus truths: Initial evidence and an intervention to enhance accuracy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 560-578.
ten Brinke, L. M., Porter, S., & Baker, A. (2012). Darwin the detective: Observable facial muscle contractions reveal emotional high-stakes lies. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33(4), 411–416.
ten Brinke, L. M., Liu, C. C., Keltner, D., & Srivastava, S. B. (2015). Virtues, vices, and political influence in the U.S. Senate. Psychological Science, 27(1), 85–93.
Rogers, T., ten Brinke, L. M., & Carney, D. R. (2016). Unacquainted callers can predict which citizens will vote over and above citizens' stated self-predictions. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 113, 6449-6453.


  • President's New Investigator Award, Canadian Psychological Association