JOHN A. BARGH is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Undergraduate degree from University of Illinois, 1977; Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 1981 (advisor: Robert B. Zajonc). From 1981 to 2003, Bargh was on faculty of New York University. His research focuses on automatic or unconscious social information processes, as involved in a variety of phenomena, including motivation and goal pursuit, evaluation and liking, and social behavior. Vita (updated July 2012).


KAY SCHWADER is a fifth year graduate student in the social psychology PhD program. She received her B.A. from Harvard University. Her primary research investigates motivational models of goal disengagement and multiple goal priming. She also studies the influence of tactile temperature influences on social cognition, developmentally. Her other interests include consciousness, unconscious processes, hypnosis, and priming of health behaviors.

SARAH HAILEY is a fifth year student in the social psychology PhD program. Her research examines how low-level sensory experience can influence high-level cognitive processes. In particular she focuses on the effects of perceiving spatial distance on feeling emotional distance. She is also interested in whether young children might show these effects.

REBECCA DYER is a fourth year graduate student in the social psychology PhD program. She received her B.A. from Haverford College. Her research looks at moral decision-making, with a focus on academic cheating, through a lens of motivation and emotion. Her other research interests include unconscious goal pursuit, social cognitive neuroscience, and emotion regulation.

ERICA BOOTHBY Erica Boothby is a second year graduate student in the social psychology PhD program. She primarily studies questions relating to Shared Experience and Social Reality. For instance, how does sharing an experience with another person change our perceptions and judgments of the object experienced? Is a good movie even better when you watch it with a friend? If so, why? She is currently exploring both the antecedents and consequences of shared experience, including how shared experiences might function as a foundation for intimacy. She is also interested in whether things seem more real when they're shared with a friend and whether people savor their experiences differently depending on who they share them with.

ORIANA ARAGON's current research with Dr. Margaret S. Clark and John Bargh focuses on how competing motivations may pull attention away from one's partner, and how that might influence interpersonal interactions. In a second line of research, we investigate behavioral manifestations of what appears to be a non-conscious emotion regulation mechanism. It has long been thought in psychology that we have mechanisms such as cognitive dissonance reduction, self-deception, self-justification, and positive illusions (just to name a few) that work best outside of our conscious awareness to shield us from feeling bad. Gilbert (1998) proposed that these mechanisms are an automatic "psychological immune system that serves to protect the individual from an overdose of gloom." We believe that we have discovered yet another phenomenon that arises out of this protective immune system.Oriana's website.