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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Cook, Karen S.
Location Stanford University
Primary Field Social and Political Sciences
Secondary Field Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
 Election Citation
Cook studies social exchange networks, power and influence dynamics, inter-group relations, negotiation strategies, social justice, and trust in social relations. Her research underscores the importance of trust in facilitating exchange relationships and of networks in creating social capital, for example, in physician-patient interactions and its effect on health outcomes.
 Research Interests
As a sociologist I developed one of the first computerized laboratories for the study of computer-mediated interaction in a social science department in the early 1970s. I study social exchange networks, power and influence dynamics, inter-group relations, negotiation strategies and fairness, social justice, and trust in social relations. Most recently, I have investigated the role of trust in physician-patient interactions and its effect on health outcomes, in addition to analyzing the role of social capital in explaining health-related behaviors and outcomes. My most recent book on trust is the co-authored book: Cooperation without Trust? (2005), published by the Russell Sage Foundation. I am also the co-editor of the Russell Sage Foundation series on trust. Included in this series are two books I have edited or co-edited: Trust in Society (2001) and Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (2004).

 
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