Arie W. Kruglanski is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He directs a lab that studies human motivation as it affects thinking, feeling, and behavior. Kruglanski’s research interests include human judgment and decision-making, the motivation–cognition interface, group and intergroup processes, and the psychology of human goals. He is the author of five books, including "The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks" (co-authored with Jocelyn J. Bélanger, and Rohan Gunaratna) and "The Radical’s Journey: How German Neo Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back" (co-authored with David Webber and Daniel Koehler).
I am a psychologist who studies the human quest for significance and respect. My research reveals that this basic motivation is a major force in human affairs. It shapes the course of world history and determines the destiny of nations.