Je dérive donc je suis.
The goal of my research is to understand the interplay between people's views of themselves and their social beliefs. In the area of self-perception, I have been particularly interested in the role of egocentric processes, such as social projection and self-enhancement. In the area of social perception, my interests have been focused on social categorization and stereotyping. Rather than studying these topics in isolation, my research strategy is to try to understand the linkages among them.
I received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon in 1988, and I have been at Brown since 1991. My research interest is inductive reasoning in social context. This includes self-perception, intergroup perception and relations, and behavior in social dilemmas. I am particularly interested in processes of social projection, which determine how and when people assume that others will behave as they themselves do. I have found that social projection can increase the accuracy of social perception, and make people more willing to cooperate with others. However, social projection also contributes to ingroup favoritism and conflict between groups. I teach a laboratory course in social cognition and a seminar on psychology in business and economics. I am currently preparing a course on creativity (any ideas?).
JOACHIM I. KRUEGER, Ph.D.
On The Web:
Book: The self in social judgment
Book: Rationality and social responsibility
Interview with Robyn Dawes
Book: Social judgment and decision making
blog at Psychology Today
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