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Yaacov Trope

Yaacov Trope

Professor Trope's research interests focus on the cognitive and motivational mechanisms underlying people's judgments and decisions about themselves and others. His research on cognitive mechanisms attempts to distinguish between controllable and uncontrollable processes that produce overconfident judgments, and his research on motivational mechanisms investigates how wishes and desires influence the process of testing hypotheses about self and others. These questions are investigated in several content areas, including stereotyping, personality trait inferences, and self-evaluation.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Kyung, E. J., Menon, G., & Trope, Y. (2010). Reconstruction of things past: Why some memories seem so close and others so far away? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 217-220.
  • Liberman, N., & Trope, Y. (1998). The role of feasibility and desirability considerations in near and distant future decisions: A test of Temporal Construal Theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 5-18.
  • Stephan, E., Liberman, N., & Trope, Y. (2010). Politeness and social distance: A construal level perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 268-280.
  • Trope, Y. (1986). Identification and inferential processes in dispositional attribution. Psychological Review, 93, 239-257.
  • Trope, Y., & Alfieri, T. (1997). Effortfulness and flexibility of dispositional inference processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 73, 662-674.
  • Trope, Y., Cohen, O., & Alfieri, T. (1991). Behavior identification as a mediator of dispositional inference. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 873-883.
  • Trope, Y., & Fishbach, A. (2000). Counteractive control processes in overcoming temptation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 493-506.
  • Trope, Y., & Higgins, E. T. (1993). The what, how, and when of dispositional inference: New questions and answers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 19, 493-500.
  • Trope, Y., & Liberman, N. (2000). Time-dependent changes in preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 876-889.
  • Trope, Y., & Neter, E. (1994). Reconciling competing motives in self-evaluation: The role of self-control in feedback seeking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 646-657.
  • Trope, Y., & Thompson, E. P. (1997). Looking for truth in all the wrong places? Asymmetric search of individuating information about stereotyped group members. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 229-241.

Other Publications:

  • Trope, Y., Ferguson, M., & Raghunatan, R. (2000). Mood as a resource in processing self-relevant information. In J. Forgas (Ed.), Handbook of affect and cognition. (Vol. 1). Guilford Press.
  • Trope, Y., & Gaunt, R. (1999). A dual-process model of overconfident attributions. In S. Chaiken & Y. Trope (Eds.), Dual process theories in social psychology. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Trope, Y., & Liberman, A. (1996). Social hypothesis-testing: Cognitive and motivational mechanisms. In E. T. Higgins & A. W. Kruglanski (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles. New York: Guilford Press.

Yaacov Trope
Department of Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place
New York, New York 10003
United States

  • Phone: (212) 998-3897
  • Fax: (212) 995-4966

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