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Dr Eric Raymond Igou

PHD

Biography

In general terms, I investigate context effects in judgments and decision making from a social cognitive perspective. As a master student at the University of Heidelberg I investigated with Herbert Bless, Michaela Waenke, and Norbert Schwarz assimilation and contrast effects in social judgments (Bless, Igou, Schwarz, & Waenke, 2000; Waenke, Bless, & Igou, 2001). Almost parallel to this research, I developed an interest in the impact of conversational rules on information processing. This interest is especially reflected in my dissertation, in which I investigated the impact of conversational rules on the emergence of order effects in one- and two-sided communications (Igou & Bless, 2003, 2007).

Towards the end of my PhD education at the University of Heidelberg I became interested in affective forecasting. Specifically, I investigated how lay theories about the progression of affect (continuity vs. decrease) and how different perspectives (self vs. other) influence the predictions that people make about affective states (Igou, 2004, 2008).

During my post-doctoral fellowship at New York University (2002-2004) I started working with Yaacov Trope on affective influences on self-regulation. Specifically, we were interested in how positive mood influences self-control dilemmas in self-evaluative situations (Gervey, Igou, & Trope, 2005; Trope, Igou, & Burke, 2006).

After my post-doc I joined Tilburg University (The Netherlands). There I continued to work on most of the topics mentioned above and I developed an interest in the effects of decision frames (gains vs. losses) on decisions (Igou & Bless, 2007), the impact of construal levels (high vs. low) on judgments, and how subjective experiences (easy vs. difficult recall) influence attitudes. At Tilburg University, I became interested in the effects of existential concerns (through mortality and life salience) on worldview defense (e.g., ideological judgments; Van Tilburg & Igou, 2011).

In August of 2008, I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick (Ireland), which is a newly formed and growing department. It is our goal to make the University of Limerick an exciting and well-known environment for top-quality (social) psychological research. Here, I developed the Social Cognition & Decision Making Lab group, which mainly investigates the effects of specific positive and specific negative emotions on judgments and decisions. For example, my former PhD student Wijnand van Tilburg and I investigated the effects of boredom on people's sense of meaningfulness of life and their activities (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2011) and how these effects of boredom in turn lead to meaning-repair attempts such as social identification with one's in-group (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2011). Together with Constantine Sedikides we also showed that boredom increases nostalgia as one form of meaning-repair strategy (Van Tilburg, Igou, & Sedikides, in press).

Research Interests

In general terms, I investigate context effects in judgements and decision making from a social cognitive perspective. As a master student at the University of Heidelberg I investigated with Herbert Bless, Michaela Waenke, and Norbert Schwarz assimilation and contrast effects in social judgements. Almost parallel to this research, I developed an interest in the impact of conversational rules on information processing. This interest is especially reflected in my dissertation, in which I investigated the impact of conversational rules on the emergence of order effects in one- and two-sided communications. Towards the end of my PhD education at the University of Heidelberg I became interested in affective forecasting. Specifically, I investigated how lay theories about the progression of affect (continuity vs. decrease) and how different perspectives (self vs. other) influence the predictions that people make about affective states. During my post-doctoral fellowship at New York University (2002-2004) I started working with Yaacov Trope on affective influences on self-regulation. Specifically, we were interested in how positive mood influences self-control dilemmas in self-evaluative situations. After my post-doc I joined Tilburg University (The Netherlands). There I continued to work on most of the topics mentioned above and I developed an interest in the effects of decision frames (gains vs. losses) on decisions (Igou & Bless, 2007), the impact of construal levels (high vs. low) on judgments, and how subjective experiences (easy vs. difficult recall) influence attitudes. More recently, I also became interested in the effects of existential concerns (through mortality and life salience) on worldview defense (e.g., ideological judgements). Very recently I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick (Ireland), which is a newly formed and growing department. It is our goal to make the University of Limerick an exciting and well-known environment for top-quality (social) psychological research. Current members of my (social cognition & decision making) lab at the University of Limerick are two postgraduate students: Frederieke van Dongen (BA degree from Tilburg University; lab member since 2007) & Wijnand van Tilburg (Research Master degree from Tilburg University; lab member since 2006)

Professional Activities

Association

  • , American Psychological Society (APS)
  • , Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGfP)
  • , European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • , International Social Cognition Network
  • , Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2012

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Igou, E. R., Van Dongen, F., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-375000-6.00286-X

2009

Metacognition.
Bless, H., Keller, J., & Igou, E.R.
Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction Frontiers of Social Psychology

2006

Mood as resource in structuring goal pursuit.
Trope, Y., Igou, E.R., & Burke, C
Affect in social thinking and behavior. Frontiers of Social Psychology

2005

Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung
Bless, H. & Igou, E.R.
Handbuch für Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie

2005

Mood and the use of general knowledge structures in judgment and decision making
Bless, H., & Igou, E.R.
The routines of decision making

2002

Die Rolle kognitiv verfügbarer Information bei der Eindrucksbildung
Bless, H., & Igou, E. R.
Das experimentalpsychologische Praktikum. Computergestützte Versuchssteuerung im Labor und WWW

Conference Publication

2010

ASPO
Van de Calseyde, P. P. F. M., & Igou, E. R.

Other Journal

1994

Das Psychologiestudium der Zukunft oder: Was wir noch immer zu träumen wagen
Agudelo, D., Böhne, J., Crawford, M. Galliker, M. Hemmati-Weber, M., Horlacher, K. D., Hüneke, H., Igou, E. R., Rodewald, R., & Sommer J.
Journal für Psychologie

Peer Reviewed Journal

2015

Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features.
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R.
Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology DOI: 10.1037/a0038463

2015

Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes.
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R.
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00130

2014

From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: Artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1999

2014

Moving onwards: An action continuation strategy in finding the way.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1817

2014

The impact of middle names: Middle initials enhance perceived intellectual performance.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2026

2013

In search for meaningfulness: Nostalgia as an antidote to boredom.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., & Sedikides, C.
Emotion DOI: 10.1037/a0030442

2013

On the meaningfulness of behavior: An expectancy x value approach.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-012-9316-3

2012

On boredom: Lack of challenge and meaning as distinct boredom experiences
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-011-9234-9

2011

On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.819

2011

On boredom and social identity: A pragmatic meaning-regulation approach.
van Tilburg, W. A .P., Igou, E. R.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin DOI: 10.1177/0146167211418530

2009

Different ways of looking at unpleasant truths: How construal levels influence information search.
Shani, Y., Igou, E. R., Zeelenberg, M.
Organizational Behavior And Human Decision Processes DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.05.005

2007

Conversational expectations as a basis for order effects in persuasion.
Igou, ER; Bless, H
Journal Of Language And Social Psychology

2005

Positive mood and future-oriented self-evaluation.
Gervey, B; Igou, ER; Trope, Y
Motivation And Emotion

2005

The conversational basis for the dilution effect
Igou, E. R., & Bless, H.
Journal Of Language And Social Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0261927X04273035

2001

Next to a star: Paling, shining, or both? Turning interexemplar contrast into interexemplar assimilation
Waenke, M., Bless, H., & Igou, E. R.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

2000

Reducing context effects by adding context information: The direction and size of context effects in political judgment.
Bless, H., Igou, E. R., Schwarz, N., & Wänke, M.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin DOI: 10.1177/01461672002611002