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My students and I work on research that applies the principles and methods of social cognition to questions with direct real-world relevance. We have three broad areas of interest with this overarching theme.

First, we study social perception, with a focus on the perception of groups. We examine both basic questions (e.g., examining the antecedents of categorization and social essentialism) and applied issues (e.g., examining the implications of social identity for prejudice reduction interventions and political bipartisanship).

Second, we have an interest in emerging technology – both as a tool to study cognition and behavior (e.g., with smartphones and other recording devices) and as a topic in its own right (e.g., questions of morality, agency, and trust in a changing technological landscape).

Third, we study consumer psychology, applying insights from psychological theory to better measure, predict, and influence attitudes and behavior in a business context.

Publications (click links to download PDF)

McManus, R. M., & Rutchick, A. M. (2018). Autonomous vehicles and the attribution of moral responsibilitySocial Psychological and Personality Science.

Rutchick, A. M., Slepian, M. L., Reyes, M. O., Pleskus, L. N., & Hershfield, H. E. (2018). Future self-continuity is associated with improved health and increases exercise behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 24(1), 72-80.

Rutchick, A. M., McManus, R. M., Barth, D. M., Youmans, R. J., Ainsworth, A. T., & Goukassian, H. J. (2017). Technologically facilitated remoteness increases killing behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 147-150.

Slepian, M. L., Ferber, S. N., Gold, J. M., & Rutchick, A. M. (2015). The cognitive consequences of formal clothing. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 661-668.

Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (2014). Domain knowledge and hindsight bias among poker players. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27(3), 259-267.

Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (2014). Political knowledge reduces hindsight memory distortion in election judgements. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(2), 213-220.

Slepian, M. L., Young, S. G., Rutchick, A. M. & Ambady, N. (2013). Quality of professional players’ poker hands is perceived accurately from arm motions. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2335-2338.

Rutchick, A.M. & Slepian, M.L. (2013). Handling ibuprofen increases pain tolerance and decreases perceived pain intensity in a cold pressor test. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e56175. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056175. (Link goes to PLOS One page; download PDF there)

Rutchick, A. M., Slepian, M. L., & Ferris, B. D. (2010). The pen is mightier than the word: Object priming of evaluative standards. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 704–708.

Rutchick, A. M. (2010). Deus ex machina: The influence of polling place on voting behavior. Political Psychology, 31, 209-225.

Rutchick, A. M., & Eccleston, C. P. (2010). Ironic effects of invoking a common ingroup identity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 32, 109-117.

Slepian, M. L., Weisbuch, M., Rutchick, A. M., Newman, L. S., & Ambady, N. (2010). Shedding light on insight: Priming bright ideas. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 696-700.

Filipkowski, K. B., Smyth, J. M., Rutchick, A. M., Santuzzi, A. M., Adya, M., Petrie, K. J., & Kaptein, A. A. (2010). Do healthy people worry? Modern health worries, subjective health complaints, perceived health, and health care utilization. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 182-188.

Rutchick, A. M., Smyth, J. M., & Konrath, S. (2009). Seeing Red (and Blue): Effects of Electoral College depictions on political group perception. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 269-282.

Newman, L. S., Hernandez, W., Bakina, D. A., & Rutchick, A. M. (2009). Implicit egotism on the baseball diamond: Why Peter Piper prefers to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates. NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics, 57, 176-181.

Rutchick, A. M., Smyth, J. M., Lopoo, L. M., & Dusek, J. B. (2009). Great Expectations: The biasing effects of reported child behavior problems on educational expectancies and subsequent academic achievement. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 392-413.

Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., & Sack, J. D. (2008). Antecedents of entitativity in categorically and dynamically construed groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 1-17.

Johnson, A. L., Crawford, M. T., Sherman, S. J., Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., Ferreira, M., & Petrocelli, J. V. (2006). A functional perspective on group memberships: differential need fulfillment in a group typology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 707-719.

Lickel, B., Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, S. J. (2006). Intuitive theories of group types and relational principles. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 28-39.

Hamilton, D. L., Sherman, S. J., Sack, J. D., Johnson, A., & Rutchick, A. M. (2003). Foundations and functions of perceiving different types of groups. New Review of Social Psychology, 1, 38-49.


Dustin Calvillo, CSU San Marcos

C. Benjamin Flynn, Mobile Apps Software Consulting

Michael Slepian, Columbia Business School

Joshua Smyth, Pennsylvania State University

Robert Youmans, Youtube/George Mason University

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