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Cesario Joseph Cesario
Associate Professor
Primary Program: Social/Personality
255 Psychology
(517) 355-0203

Research Statement

Research Interests: Motivated Cognition; Automaticity/Nonconscious Behavior and Cognition; Evolutionary Psychology.

Current Projects

Race bias in people's decisions to shoot. More generally, defensive threat regulation.

Related Research Websites
Motivation and Social Cognition Lab In our laboratory, we study motivation science across a variety of domains (health behaviors, academic achievement, attitude change, intergroup behavior, etc.). A primary focus is to understand the general processes of self-regulation, which means to uncover consistencies across both domains and levels of psychology. We also take a pragmatic, functionalist philosophical position, with an emphasis on the ecology of the person in understanding behavior and cognition.

Research Publications    
2014Cesario, J. (2014). Priming, replication, and the hardest science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 40-48.
2014Cesario, J., & Navarrete, C.D. (2014). Perceptual bias in threat distance: The critical roles of ingroup support and target evaluations in defensive threat regulation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 12-17.
2013Gawronski, B., & Cesario, J. (2013). Of mice and men: What animal research can tell us about context effects on automatic responses in humans. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 187-215.
2013Cesario, J., Corker, K. S., & Jelinek, S. (2013). A self-regulatory framework for message framing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 238-249.
2013Jonas, K.J., & Cesario, J. (2013). Introduction to the special issue: Situated social cognition. Social Cognition, 31, 119-124.
2013Cesario, J., & McDonald, M.M. (2013). Bodies in context: Power poses as a computation of action possibility. Social Cognition, 31, 260-274.
2012McAuley, J.D., Henry, M.J., Wedd, A., Pleskac, T.J., and Cesario, J. (2012). Effects of musicality and motivational orientation on auditory category learning: The role of regulatory fit. Memory & Cognition, 40, 231-251. DOI 10.3758/s13421-011-0146-4
2012Hagiwara, N., Kashy, D. A., & Cesario, J. (2012). The independent effects of skin tone and facial features on Whites' affective reactions to Blacks. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 892-898.
2010Higgins, E. T., Cesario, J., Hagiwara, N., Spiegel, S., & Pittman, T. S. (2010). Increasing or decreasing interest in activities: The role of regulatory fit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 559-572.
2010Navarrete, C. D., McDonald, M. M., Mott, M. L., Cesario, J., & Sapolsky, R. (2010). Fertility and race perception predict voter preference for Barack Obama. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 394-399.