12th February, 2018 – Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is a sophomore at Penn State University, where he majors in psychology and public relations. As his double major suggests, Anthony is not your average psychology major. He picked this unusual pairing of majors because of his passion for understanding how people communicate and interact, which he enjoys learning about from both technical and practical standpoints.

The seeds of that interest were first planted during the summer before his junior year of high school when he had to read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell for his AP Psychology class. After reading Blink, Anthony became fascinated with how people think and process their environments. When he took AP Psychology, Anthony was intrigued with the material’s real-world application and how he could learn about the world about him.

In college (university), his studies have centered around social-related topics, including industrial-organizational psychology and interpersonal and group relations. He intends to use his background in psychology and public relations in a career that studies consumers’ behavior when interacting with and consuming media and that makes strategic content decisions based on that data.

One goal of his is to use his voice as a communicator to help share the beauty of psychology with the world, help others understand why research findings matter, and clarify the public’s many misconceptions about the field.

Anthony has an appreciation for some of psychology’s most polarizing pioneers because of the innovation and progress their unconventional thinking promoted. He considers himself a big fan of Sigmund Freud but also has a great deal of admiration for B.F. Skinner.

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