Grace B Dyrud

Professor Emerita

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I have always been interested in people’s varied reactions to probability and risk. My research in gambling over a decade was summarized in a presentation in Oslo, Norway in 2009, at the 11th European Congress of Psychology, titled “Beliefs in Gambling Behavior.” Ten beliefs were followed by experimental research demonstrating that 10 common beliefs of gamblers are false.

Another interest involves humans’ biggest gamble of all, the fate of the planet or sustainability. I have studied attitudes toward the environment in media and children’s literature. I spoke on these issues as well as ideas for helping to connect students to the global climate issues at APA in San Diego in 2010.

Other research has involved women legislators’ votes and children’s issues.

The above research studies have included students as participants and co-authors. Research presentations have been delivered at all of the above psychological organizations.

Other interests:

Politics:  Participation in a political club and occasional columnist on issues for a newsletter.

Other academic interests: Positive Psychology and Cultural Psychology.


  • B.A. University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • Licensed Psychologist (LP, MN)

Honors and Memberships

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • American of Men and Women of Science
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Divisions: Teaching, Women in Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Association of University Professors
  • World Population Balance: Board member

Frequently Taught Courses

  • PSY 256 – Environmental Psychology
  • PSY 357 – Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 373 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 493 – Seminar in Contemporary Issues