Biography

At a very general level, I examine context effects in social judgments and decision making. When I became a student at the University of Heidelberg, my mind was set on becoming a social psychologist. First, I was attracted by critical approaches (topics and methods), and then I became heavily socialized in social cognition research. I very much enjoyed working for and with Herbert Bless. Through him, Klaus Fiedler, Norbert Schwarz, and others, I became familiar with the then contemporary social psychological approaches (in the 90s). I met many renown social psychologists who visited Heidelberg (either on their sabbatical or giving a talk in our colloquium) or at conferences. I was impressed and enthusiastic about social psychological research and about the opportunity to develop a career in this area of research.

In the late 90s, I was involved in research on assimilation and contrast effects in social judgments and people's responses to affective experiences, and the impact of conversational processes on people's judgments and decisions. This built on the research of Norbert Schwarz and Fritz Strack. After Dan Gilbert gave talks in Heidelberg and Grasellenbach (at a conference organized by Herbert Bless and Joe Forgas), many of us became interested in affective forecasting. I then started doing research in this area, supported by Herbert Bless.

This is the more professional summary of that phase: The assimilation and contrast effects we investigated related to the impact of exemplars (e.g., a star politician) on judgments of others (e.g., other politicians) and groups (e.g., political parties), and moderating variables (Bless, Igou, Schwarz, & Wänke, 2000; Wänke, Bless, & Igou, 2001). Almost parallel to this research, we worked on the impact of conversational rules on social judgments and decisions. 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). I then 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).

About 1.5 years after my dissertation, I was granted a 2-year post-doctoral scholarship. During my post-doctoral fellowship at New York University (2002-2004). I started working with Yaacov Trope at New York University on affective influences on self-regulation. I also worked with Michael Schober at the New School University on conversational implications of survey features. It was an amazing time at both universities, and I am grateful for the support that I received from Yaacov and from Michael. The post-doc was more an intellectual growth process than one that led to many publications or long-term collaborations.

Here is the more professional summary of that phase: We examined how positive mood influences self-control dilemmas in self-evaluative situations (Gervey, Igou, & Trope, 2005; Trope, Igou, & Burke, 2006).

Towards the end of my post-doc, I was not completely sure where to continue my career (and life). I felt that did not have to go back to Germany. I spotted that Tilburg University was hiring a lecturer. During my post-doc, I became interested in regret (by the way, in 2018 I finally published a paper on regret) and was thus familiar with some of Marcel Zeelenberg's research. He was in the process of rebuilding social psychology in Tilburg. I got the job. I continued with some research ideas that Yaacov Trope and I developed at NYU. This project did not work as I hoped it would, unfortunately. However, the post-doc experience with Yaacov shaped my views and interests and developed into something else.

In 2006, I developed ideas that shaped my research until now. They were based on my initial interests that brought me into psychology (existentialism, motivated reasoning), my experiences with Herbert, Michaela, and Norbert (person perception), and my experiences with Yaacov (self-regulation) - in a way this has become my social psychology stew with a large cup of existentialism.

In Tilburg, I founded my own lab group. Many excellent students joined. Among those was Wijnand van Tilburg, in his second year of study. We examined the effects of existential concerns (through mortality and life salience) on worldview defense (e.g., ideological judgments; Van Tilburg & Igou, 2011). We then examined the effects of affective experiences such as boredom and loneliness on what we would call 'meaning-regulation', inspired by a publication of Heine, Proulx, and Vohs (2006). Important for me was that this research brought me back to the literature of Erich Fromm, which was very formative for me before and during my undergraduate study.

In August of 2008, I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick (Ireland), Wijnand joined me and became the first Ph.D. graduate of the Department. At UL, I developed two master courses and served as HoD for 3 years. The time from 2010 to 2013 was poor in output and life satisfaction. However, we continued with our ideas and laid the foundation for exciting research.

Wijnand van Tilburg and I investigated the effects of boredom on people's sense of meaningfulness of life and their activities (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2012, 2017) and how boredom, in turn, leads 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, 2013). Together with Andrew Moynihan, we examined a particular form of meaning-repair: the withdrawal from the conflicted self (e.g., Moynihan et al., 2015; Moynihan, Igou, & Van Tilburg, 2017). Recently, we published a manuscript that very much summarizes our ideas on happiness ('happiness bias') and meaning, people's illusions about happiness, and the functions of these illusions (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2018).
Wijnand van Tilburg and I have worked on a variety of additional projects since the mid-2000s. In a project on decisions in navigation tasks (e.g., walking through a maze), we document that people normally use an 'action continuation strategy' (e.g., moving onwards) in navigation situations, unless a change in direction is required (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2014). A couple of our publications document the impact of particular simple cues on person perception. We document that eccentricity boosts perceived skills of artists and the quality of art. Examples here are Van Gogh and Lady Gaga (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2014). In another project, we demonstrate the impact that middle name initials have on person perception: Middle initials increase perceptions of status and intellectual capacity and performance (Van Tilburg & Igou, 2014; Igou & Van Tilburg, 2015).
Frederieke van Dongen and I investigated the effects of positive emotions on moral decision making. Candice Condon, Tim Ritchie and I have worked on shared memory effects (Condon, Ritchie, & Igou, 2015). Elaine Kinsella, Tim Ritchie, and I have investigated the characteristics and functions of heroes (Kinsella, Ritchie, & Igou, 2015a, 2015b). Our heroism project has grown and is ongoing (Coughlan, Igou, Van Tilburg, Kinsella & Ritchie, 2017; Kinsella, Igou, & Ritchie, 2017; Kinsella, Ritchie, & Igou, 2017).
What would be existentialism without the question of ‘free will'? Not much. As part of his dissertation, Andrew Moynihan has examined the effects of free will beliefs on belongingness (e.g., Moynihan, Igou, & Van Tilburg, 2017) and conformity (Moynihan, Igou, & Van Tilburg, 2018).
Meaning has its opposite: no meaning. Paul Maher did his Ph.D. with us on epistemic emotions (Maher, Van Tilburg, & Igou, 2019) and in particular on disillusionment. We examined the experience of disillusionment and how people respond to this state of negated meaning. We recently published a journal article that examined political polarization as a function of disillusionment, linking it to Brexit and the election of Mr. Trump (Maher, Igou, & Van Tilburg, 2018).

2016-17: I was on a 1-year sabbatical from August 2016 to July 2017. I stayed at the University of Michigan (Institute for Social Research), primarily working with Shinobu Kitayama and with Ethan Kross. I stayed at King's College London, working with Wijnand van Tilburg. And, I stayed at the University of Mannheim, primarily working with Herbert Bless and with Christiane Schöl. All hosts were fantastic - it was a great year, academically and non-academically.

SOCO-UL Lab (Social Cognition Lab at UL)
My research group usually consists of undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students. The current members of the lab group are: Stephen Casey, , Rob MacRory-Crowley, Dara McCormack, Grainne Nic Chormaic, Aimen Kakar, Katarzyna Splawska, Patrick Leonard, Cillian McHughs, Andrew Moynihan, Aoife Whiston.
Lab Alumni:
* Since 2008 (University of Limerick): Erin Beal, Emily Braham, John J. Casey, Ciaran Clery, Rebekah Corscadden, Ann Cronin, Roisin Curtin, Romée Gerritsen (Erasmus, Utrecht University) Lisa Healy, Michelle Hess, Karina Jonina, Elaine Kinsella, Maksymilian Kropinski, Eimear Minogue, Alicia La Perle, Eimear Minogue, Andrew Moynihan, Velichko Fetvadjiev (a former student from Tilburg!), Gary O'Connor, Kevin O'Malley, Niamh O'Reilly, Meghan O'Sullivan, Paul J. Maher, Vincent Marrinan, Daniel McCarthy, Michael Murphy, Mary Parkinson, Kate Ryan, Hanna Reinacher (Erasmus, University of Marburg), Gordon Sayre (visiting from The College of New Jersey), Sarah Sheehan, Frederieke van Dongen, Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg (now King's College London), Laura Walshe, Maria Wiemer (Erasmus, University of Marburg), and Caroline Young.
* 2004-2008 (Tilburg University: Social Cognition and Decision Making Lab): Esther Barten, Philippe van de Calseyde, Peggy Emmerink, Sanne Koevoets, Jain Holsheimer, Joris Mulder, Yvette van Osch, Anne-Lieke Piggen, Thijs Poels, Yaniv Shani (now Tel-Aviv University), Ruud Smolders, and Lonneke van der Linde.

Ph.D. Students at UL
Primary Supervisor of Rob Macrory-Crowley, Niamh O'Reilly, Aoife Whiston, Muireann O'Dea.

Supervised to completion: Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg (IRCHSS funded), Frederieke van Dongen (IRCHSS funded), Paul Maher (IRC funded), Andrew Moynihan, Elaine Kinsella (co-supervised), and Candice Condon (co-supervised; IRCHSS funded).

ESCON2
The European Social Cognition Network (ESCON) is an organization that supports social cognition research in Europe. ESCON is now represented in the Republic of Ireland, funded in part by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). In 2011, I organized with colleagues an ESCON Expert Meeting on Meaning-Regulation in Limerick and ESCON's Transfer of Knowledge Conference (TKC) in Sligo.

C-SPI
In 2009, I developed and organized the first Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland (C-SPI) with the support of colleagues in the department. The conference took place on May 28-29 at the University of Limerick, with keynote addresses by Professor Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton) and Professor Stephen Reicher (University of St. Andrews). In 2011, the 2nd C-SPI was organised by my colleague Anca Minescu. The next C-SPI is planned for 2013. For more information about C-SPI feel free to contact me or visit the website of our department (www.ul.ie/psychology, then click on News & Events).

Curriculum Development at Master Level; Course Directorships
Master of Science in Psychological Science:
* In 2009, I took the lead in developing a new MSc programme, the MSc in Psychological Science. This 12-month programme covers research methods and offers a menu of diverse areas in psychology (e.g., cognition, sports psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology). This exciting programme runs at UL since 2010. I have been the course director for this course from 2010 to 2013. For more information please contact the current course director, Dr. Stephen Gallagher, and/or check out this link: https://tinyurl.com/MScPsychSciUL
Master of Art in Psychology (Conversion):
* In 2010, I developed a new MA programme, the MA in Psychology. This 12-month programme covers undergraduate and postgraduate modules. It is designed for students with prior education in undergraduate psychology (including research methods) equivalent to 60 ECTS (e.g., a Joint Honours degree). The course thus serves the function of a "conversion" course for students with this amount of prior experiences in psychology. The course has been accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). I am the course director for this course since 2011. For more information please check out this link: https://tinyurl.com/MAPsychUL

Voluntary Internship Programme (VIP)
Based on my research experiences with highly motivated (and smart) undergraduate students at NYU, I developed a voluntary internship programme in research and teaching at Tilburg University. This extra-curricular programme was met with great enthusiasm by students, staff, and a teaching evaluation committee. Shortly after taking on the position at the University of Limerick in 2008, I developed a similar (but more fleshed out) programme at our department, the Voluntary Internship Programme in Research (VIP-R). This programme gives highly motivated students the chance to work with faculty members and their lab groups on research topics that they are interested in. In my case, the research topics lie in the areas of social cognition and decision making.

Head of Department (2010-2013; 2020-ongoing)
In 2010, I took up the post of HoD of a fairly new department. This role has taught me very much about curriculum maintenance & development, institutions, and people. I am back in this role now.

Transnational Coordinator Psychology Education (2014-2016)
In 2014, I took on the role of transnational coordinator for our Bachelor of Science in Psychology course. I am involved in the delivery of this programme at IST College in Athens.

Academic Coordinator
In 2017, after returning from a 1-year sabbatical, I took on the brand new role as the departmental academic coordinator.

Academic Coordinator for International Exchange
In 2018, I also took on this role, given that someone had to cover it for a period of about 1 year. In this role, I was mostly concerned about Erasmus visits of students at UL and abroad.
ORCID: 0000-0001-7744-9648; https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7744-9648




Research Interests

I am a social psychologist. In general terms, I am interested in social cognition and in self-regulation.
Specific areas of interest are:
* existential concerns & perceptions of meaning in life and happiness
* affect and self-regulation, in particular boredom and disillusionment
* affective forecasting* heroism & perceptions of heroes* impact of lay beliefs on judgments and decisions






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)

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC)

McHugh, C.;McGann, M.;Igou, E.R.;Kinsella, E.L.; (2022) Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC). Perspectives On Psychological Science

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2022

Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whiston, A;Igou, ER;Fortune, DG (2022) Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. ABINGDON : ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD Cognition & Emotion :31-48

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2022

Boring People: Stereotype Characteristics, Interpersonal Attributions, and Social Reactions

Van Tilburg, W.A.P.;Igou, E.R.;Panjwani, M.; (2022) Boring People: Stereotype Characteristics, Interpersonal Attributions, and Social Reactions. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

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2022

Societal emotional environments and cross-cultural differences in life satisfaction: A forty-nine country study

Krys, K;Yeung, JC;Capaldi, CA;Lun, VMC;Torres, C;van Tilburg, WAP;Bond, MH;Zelenski, JM;Haas, BW;Park, J;Maricchiolo, F;Vauclair, CM;Kosiarczyk, A;Kocimska-Zych, A;Kwiatkowska, A;Adamovic, M;Pavlopoulos, V;Fulop, M;Sirlopu, D;Okvitawanli, A;Boer, D;Teyssier, J;Malyonova, A;Gavreliuc, A;Uchida, Y;Serdarevich, U;Akotia, C;Appoh, L;Mira, DMA;Baltin, A;Denoux, P;Dominguez-Espinosa, A;Esteves, CS;Gamsakhurdia, V;Gardarsdottir, RB;Igbokwe, DO;Igou, ER;Isik, I;Kascakova, N;Kracmarova, LK;Kronberger, N;Lee, JH;Liu, XH;Barrientos, PE;Mohoric, T;Mustaffa, NF;Mosca, O;Nader, M;Nadi, A;van Osch, Y;Pavlovic, Z;Solcova, IP;Rizwan, M;Romashov, V;Roysamb, E;Sargautyte, R;Schwarz, B;Selecka, L;Selim, HA;Stogianni, M;Sun, CR;Xing, C;Vignoles, VL (2022) Societal emotional environments and cross-cultural differences in life satisfaction: A forty-nine country study. ABINGDON : ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD Journal of Positive Psychology :117-130

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2022

Off the mark: Repetitive marking undermines essay evaluations due to boredom

Erturk, S;van Tilburg, WAP;Igou, ER (2022) Off the mark: Repetitive marking undermines essay evaluations due to boredom. NEW YORK Motivation And Emotion

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2022

Self-compassion predicts less boredom: The role of meaning in life

O'Dea, MK;Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP;Kinsella, EL (2022) Self-compassion predicts less boredom: The role of meaning in life. OXFORD : PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD Personality And Individual Differences

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2021

Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom

Moynihan, AB;Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP (2021) Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom. ABINGDON European Review Of Social Psychology :161-200

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2021

A creative destruction approach to replication: Implicit work and sex morality across cultures

Tierney, W;Hardy, J;Ebersole, CR;Viganola, D;Clemente, EG;Gordon, M;Hoogeveen, S;Haaf, J;Dreber, A;Johannesson, M;Pfeiffer, T;Huang, JL;Vaughn, LA;DeMarree, K;Igou, ER;Chapman, H;Gantman, A;Vanaman, M;Wylie, J;Storbeck, J;Andreychik, MR;McPhetres, J;Uhlmann, EL (2021) A creative destruction approach to replication: Implicit work and sex morality across cultures. SAN DIEGO : ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology

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2021

Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC)

McHugh C.;McGann M.;Igou E.R.;Kinsella E.L. (2021) Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC). Perspectives On Psychological Science

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2021

Nostalgia relieves the disillusioned mind

Maher P.J.;Igou E.R.;van Tilburg W.A.P. (2021) Nostalgia relieves the disillusioned mind. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology

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2021

Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whiston, A., Igou, E.R., Fortune, D.G. (2021) Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cognition & Emotion

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2021

Attention Drifting In and Out: The Boredom Feedback Model

Tam, K.Y.Y.;van Tilburg, W.A.P.;Chan, C.S.;Igou, E.R.;Lau, H.; (2021) Attention Drifting In and Out: The Boredom Feedback Model. Personality And Social Psychology Review

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2021

Bored stiff: The relationship between meaninglessness, sexual sensation seeking, and promiscuous attitudes via boredom susceptibility

Moynihan A.B.;Igou E.R.;van Tilburg W.A.P. (2021) Bored stiff: The relationship between meaninglessness, sexual sensation seeking, and promiscuous attitudes via boredom susceptibility. Personality And Individual Differences

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2020

The breaking bad effect: Priming with an antihero increases sensation seeking

Ulqinaku A.;Sarial-Abi G.;Kinsella E.L.;Igou E.R. (2020) The breaking bad effect: Priming with an antihero increases sensation seeking. British Journal Of Social Psychology

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2020

Personal Life Satisfaction as a Measure of Societal Happiness is an Individualistic Presumption: Evidence from Fifty Countries

Krys K.;Park J.;Kocimska-Zych A.;Kosiarczyk A.;Selim H.A.;Wojtczuk-Turek A.;Haas B.W.;Uchida Y.;Torres C.;Capaldi C.A.;Bond M.H.;Zelenski J.M.;Lun V.M.C.;Maricchiolo F.;Vauclair C.M.;Poláčková Šolcová I.;Sirlopú D.;Xing C.;Vignoles V.L.;van Tilburg W.A.P.;Teyssier J.;Sun C.R.;Stoyanova S.;Serdarevich U.;Schwarz B.;Sargautyte R.;Røysamb E.;Romashov V.;Rizwan M.;Pavlović Z.;Pavlopoulos V.;van Osch Y.;Okvitawanli A.;Nadi A.;Nader M.;Nur Fariza M.;Mosca O.;Mohorić T.;Barrientos P.E.;Malyonova A.;Liu X.;Lee J.H.;Kwiatkowska A.;Kronberger N.;Klůzová Kračmárová L.;Kascakova N.;Işık İ.;Igou E.R.;Igbokwe D.O.;Hanke-Boer D.;Gavreliuc A.;Garðarsdóttir R.B.;Fülöp M.;Gamsakhurdia V.;Esteves C.S.;Domínguez-Espinosa A.;Denoux P.;Charkviani S.;Baltin A.;Mira A.D.M.;Appoh L.;Albert I.;Akotia C.S.;Adamovic M. (2020) Personal Life Satisfaction as a Measure of Societal Happiness is an Individualistic Presumption: Evidence from Fifty Countries. Journal Of Happiness Studies

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2020

Just-World Beliefs Increase Helping Intentions via Meaning and Affect

Igou E.R.;Blake A.A.;Bless H. (2020) Just-World Beliefs Increase Helping Intentions via Meaning and Affect. Journal Of Happiness Studies

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2020

Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom

Andrew B. Moynihan;Eric R. Igou;Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg; (2020) Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom. European Review Of Social Psychology

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2020

Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries.

Brandt MJ;Kuppens T;Spears R;Andrighetto L;Autin F;Babincak P;Badea C;Bae J;Batruch A;Becker JC;Bocian K;Bodroža B;Bourguignon D;Bukowski M;Butera F;Butler SE;Chryssochoou X;Conway P;Crawford JT;Croizet JC;de Lemus S;Degner J;Dragon P;Durante F;Easterbrook MJ;Essien I;Forgas JP;González R;Graf S;Halama P;Han G;Hong RY;Houdek P;Igou ER;Inbar Y;Jetten J;Jimenez Leal W;Jiménez-Moya G;Karunagharan JK;Kende A;Korzh M;Laham SM;Lammers J;Lim L;Manstead ASR;Međedović J;Melton ZJ;Motyl M;Ntani S;Owuamalam CK;Peker M;Platow MJ;Prims JP;Reyna C;Rubin M;Saab R;Sankaran S;Shepherd L;Sibley CG;Sobkow A;Spruyt B;Stroebaek P;Sümer N;Sweetman J;Teixeira CP;Toma C;Ujhelyi A;van der Toorn J;van Hiel A;Vásquez-Echeverría A;Vazquez A;Vianello M;Vranka M;Yzerbyt V;Zimmerman JL; (2020) Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries.. European Journal Of Social Psychology

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2019

Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will

Moynihan A.;Igou E.;van Tilburg W. (2019) Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will. European Journal Of Social Psychology :503-520

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2019

Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies

van Tilburg W.;Igou E.;Maher P.;Lennon J. (2019) Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies. Personality And Individual Differences :111-119

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2019

Manipulating Moral Dumbfounding: Inhibiting the Identification of Reasons for a Moral Judgement

Cillian McHugh;Marek McGann;Eric R. Igou;Elaine L. Kinsella; (2019) Manipulating Moral Dumbfounding: Inhibiting the Identification of Reasons for a Moral Judgement.

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2019

Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will

Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2019) Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will. European Journal Of Social Psychology :503-520

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2019

Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC)

Cillian McHugh;Marek McGann;Eric R. Igou;Elaine Kinsella; (2019) Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC).

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2019

Dreaming of a brighter future: Anticipating happiness instils meaning in life.

Van Tilburg W. A. P., & Igou, E. R. (2019) Dreaming of a brighter future: Anticipating happiness instils meaning in life.. Journal Of Happiness Studies :541-559

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2019

A remedy for boredom

Eric R. Igou;Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg; (2019) A remedy for boredom. Physical Activity In Natural Settings

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2019

Risk-taking increases under boredom

Kılıç A.;van Tilburg W.;Igou E. (2019) Risk-taking increases under boredom. Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making

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2019

On boredom and perceptions of heroes: A meaning-regulation approach to heroism.

Coughlan, G., Igou, E. R., Tilburg, W. A. P., Kinsella, E. L., & Ritchie, T. D. (2019) On boredom and perceptions of heroes: A meaning-regulation approach to heroism. . Journal Of Humanistic Psychology :455-473

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2019

Meaning, nature and well-being

Jürgen Beckmann;Eric R. Igou;Eric Klinger; (2019) Meaning, nature and well-being. Physical Activity In Natural Settings

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2019

Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

Kinsella, EL, Igou ER, & Ritchie TD (2019) Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life.. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology :474-498

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2019

Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R., Maher, P. J, & Moynihan, A. B., & Martin, D. (2019) Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning. Emotion :255-269

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2019

Lost in multidimensional space: Epistemic motivations define and distinguish negative affect.

Maher, P. J., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R. (2019) Lost in multidimensional space: Epistemic motivations define and distinguish negative affect. . Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

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2018

Brexit, Trump, and the Polarizing Effect of Disillusionment

Maher, PJ;Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP (2018) Brexit, Trump, and the Polarizing Effect of Disillusionment. THOUSAND OAKS : SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC Social Psychological And Personality Science :205-213

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2018

Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment.

Maher, P. J., Igou, E. R, & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2018) Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment.. Social Psychological And Personality Science

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2018

On the existential road from regret to heroism: Searching for meaning in life

Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP;Kinsella, EL;Buckley, LK (2018) On the existential road from regret to heroism: Searching for meaning in life. LAUSANNE Frontiers in psychology

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2018

Situational meaninglessness and state boredom: Cross-sectional and experience-sampling findings.

Chan, C. S., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Poon, C. Y. S., Tam, K. Y. Y., Wong, V., & Cheung, S. K. (2018) Situational meaninglessness and state boredom: Cross-sectional and experience-sampling findings.. Motivation And Emotion

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2018

Reasons or Rationalisations: The Role of Principles in the Moral Dumbfounding Paradigm

Cillian McHugh;Marek McGann;Eric R. Igou;Elaine L. Kinsella; (2018) Reasons or Rationalisations: The Role of Principles in the Moral Dumbfounding Paradigm.

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2017

Free, connected, and meaningful: Free will beliefs promote meaningfulness through belongingness

Moynihan, AB, Igou, ER, Van Tilburg, WAP (2017) Free, connected, and meaningful: Free will beliefs promote meaningfulness through belongingness. Personality And Individual Differences :54-65

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2017

Can boredom help? Increased prosocial intentions in response to boredom

Van Tilburg, W.A.P., & Igou, E.R. (2017) Can boredom help? Increased prosocial intentions in response to boredom. Self And Identity :82-96

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2017

Boredom Increases Impulsiveness A Meaning-Regulation Perspective

Moynihan, AB,Igou, ER,van Tilburg, WAP (2017) Boredom Increases Impulsiveness A Meaning-Regulation Perspective. Social Psychology :293-309

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2017

Boredom Begs to Differ: Differentiation From Other Negative Emotions

Van Tilburg, W.A.P., &I gou, E.R. (2017) Boredom Begs to Differ: Differentiation From Other Negative Emotions. Emotion :309-322

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2016

Conversational Expectations as a Basis for Order Effects in Persuasion

Eric R. Igou;Herbert Bless; (2016) Conversational Expectations as a Basis for Order Effects in Persuasion. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology

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2016

Additional Thoughts on Conversational and Motivational Sources of the Dilution Effect

Eric R. Igou; (2016) Additional Thoughts on Conversational and Motivational Sources of the Dilution Effect. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology

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2016

Going to political extremes in response to boredom

Van Tilburg, WAP,Igou, ER (2016) Going to political extremes in response to boredom. European Journal Of Social Psychology :687-699

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2016

Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue Green and Gold

Donnelly, AA,Maclntyre, TE,O'Sullivan, N,Warrington, G,Harrison, AJ,Igou, ER,Jones, M,Gidlow, C,Brick, N,Lahart, I,Cloak, R,Lane, AM (2016) Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue Green and Gold. Frontiers in psychology

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2016

Next to a Star: Paling, Shining, or Both? Turning Interexemplar Contrast into Interexemplar Assimilation

Michaela Wänke;Herbert Bless;Eric R. Igou; (2016) Next to a Star: Paling, Shining, or Both? Turning Interexemplar Contrast into Interexemplar Assimilation. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

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2016

The Conversational Basis for the Dilution Effect

Eric R. Igou;Herbert Bless; (2016) The Conversational Basis for the Dilution Effect. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology

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2015

Practicing What We Preach: Investigating the Role of Social Support in Sport Psychologists’ Well-Being

Hannah M. McCormack;Tadhg E. MacIntyre;Deirdre O’Shea;Mark J. Campbell;Eric R. Igou; (2015) Practicing What We Preach: Investigating the Role of Social Support in Sport Psychologists’ Well-Being. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Eaten up by boredom: Consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self

Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B. (2015) Eaten up by boredom: Consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self. Frontiers in psychology :369-

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2015

Ahead of others in the authorship order: names with middle initials appear earlier in author lists of academic articles in psychology

Igou, ER,van Tilburg, WAP (2015) Ahead of others in the authorship order: names with middle initials appear earlier in author lists of academic articles in psychology. Frontiers in psychology

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2015

Practicing what we preach: Investigating the role of social support in sport psychologists' well-being.

McCormack. H., MacIntyre, T. E., O'Shea, D., Campbell, M. J., Igou, E. R. (2015) Practicing what we preach: Investigating the role of social support in sport psychologists' well-being.. Frontiers in psychology :1854-

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2015

How dyads reminiscence moderates the relations between familiarity, trust, and memory conformity.

Condon, C. E., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015) How dyads reminiscence moderates the relations between familiarity, trust, and memory conformity.. Social Psychology

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2015

Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes.

Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015) Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes.. Frontiers in psychology :1-12

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2015

Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features.

Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015) Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features.. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology :114-127

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2014

Metacognition and action: a new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport

Tadhg E. MacIntyre;Eric R. Igou;Mark J. Campbell;Aidan P. Moran;James Matthews; (2014) Metacognition and action: a new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport. Frontiers in psychology

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2014

The impact of middle names: Middle initials enhance perceived intellectual performance.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R. (2014) The impact of middle names: Middle initials enhance perceived intellectual performance.. European Journal Of Social Psychology :400-411

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2014

From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: Artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R. (2014) From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: Artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation.. European Journal Of Social Psychology :93-103

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2014

Moving onwards: An action continuation strategy in finding the way.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R. (2014) Moving onwards: An action continuation strategy in finding the way.. Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making :408-418

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2014

Metacognition and action: A new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport.

MacIntyre, T. E., Igou, E. R., Campbell, M. J., Moran, A. P., & Matthews, J. (2014) Metacognition and action: A new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport.. Frontiers in psychology :1-12

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2013

In search for meaningfulness: Nostalgia as an antidote to boredom.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., & Sedikides, C. (2013) In search for meaningfulness: Nostalgia as an antidote to boredom.. Emotion :450-461

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2013

On the meaningfulness of behavior: An expectancy x value approach.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R. (2013) On the meaningfulness of behavior: An expectancy x value approach.. Motivation And Emotion

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2012

On boredom: Lack of challenge and meaning as distinct boredom experiences

Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R. (2012) On boredom: Lack of challenge and meaning as distinct boredom experiences. Motivation And Emotion :181-194

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2012

Preference Judgments (Individuals)

E.R. Igou;F. van Dongen;W.A.P. van Tilburg; (2012) Preference Judgments (Individuals). Encyclopedia Of Human Behavior

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2011

On boredom and social identity: A pragmatic meaning-regulation approach.

van Tilburg, W. A .P., Igou, E. R. (2011) On boredom and social identity: A pragmatic meaning-regulation approach.. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin :1679-1691

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2011

On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews.

Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R. (2011) On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews.. European Journal Of Social Psychology :740-750

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2010

How Construal Levels Attenuate the Search for Unpleasant Truths

Yaniv Shani;Eric Igou;Marcel Zeelenberg; (2010) How Construal Levels Attenuate the Search for Unpleasant Truths. Psycextra Dataset

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2009

Different ways of looking at unpleasant truths: How construal levels influence information search.

Shani, Y., Igou, E. R., Zeelenberg, M. (2009) Different ways of looking at unpleasant truths: How construal levels influence information search.. Organizational Behavior And Human Decision Processes :36-44

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2008

How long will I suffer?" Versus "How long will you suffer?" A self-other effect in affective forecasting.

Igou, E. R. (2008) How long will I suffer?" Versus "How long will you suffer?" A self-other effect in affective forecasting.. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology :899-917

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2007

Additional thoughts on conversational and motivational sources of the dilution effect

Igou, E.R. (2007) Additional thoughts on conversational and motivational sources of the dilution effect. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology :61-68

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2007

On undesirable consequences of thinking: framing effects as a function of substantive processing

Eric R. Igou;Herbert Bless; (2007) On undesirable consequences of thinking: framing effects as a function of substantive processing. Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making

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2007

Conversational expectations as a basis for order effects in persuasion.

Igou, ER; Bless, H (2007) Conversational expectations as a basis for order effects in persuasion. . Journal Of Language And Social Psychology :260-273

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2007

On undesirable consequences of thinking: Framing effects as a function of substantive processing.

Igou, ER; Bless, H (2007) On undesirable consequences of thinking: Framing effects as a function of substantive processing.. Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making :125-142

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2006

Positive Mood and Future-Oriented Self-Evaluation

Ben Gervey;Eric R. Igou;Yaacov Trope; (2006) Positive Mood and Future-Oriented Self-Evaluation. Motivation And Emotion

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2005

The conversational basis for the dilution effect

Igou, E. R., & Bless, H. (2005) The conversational basis for the dilution effect. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology :25-35

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2005

Positive mood and future-oriented self-evaluation.

Gervey, B; Igou, ER; Trope, Y (2005) Positive mood and future-oriented self-evaluation. . Motivation And Emotion :203-235

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2004

Lay theories in affective forecasting: The progression of affect

Eric R Igou; (2004) Lay theories in affective forecasting: The progression of affect. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology

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2004

Lay theories in affective forecasting: The progression of affect. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Igou, E. R. & Bless, H. (2004) Lay theories in affective forecasting: The progression of affect. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology :528-543

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2003

Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules

Eric R Igou;Herbert Bless; (2003) Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology

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2003

Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules.

Igou, E. R., Bless, H. (2003) Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules. . Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology :91-99

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2002

Making sense of standardized survey questions: The influence of reference periods and their repetition

Eric Igou;Herbert Bless;Norbert Schwarz; (2002) Making sense of standardized survey questions: The influence of reference periods and their repetition. Communication Monographs

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2001

Next to a star: Paling, shining, or both? Turning interexemplar contrast into interexemplar assimilation

Waenke, M., Bless, H., & Igou, E. R. (2001) Next to a star: Paling, shining, or both? Turning interexemplar contrast into interexemplar assimilation. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin :14-29

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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. (2000) Reducing context effects by adding context information: The direction and size of context effects in political judgment.. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin :1036-1045

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Books

2001

Determinanten der Wichtigkeit von Information: Eine kommunikative Perspektive zur Erklärung von Primacy und Recency Effekten bei Urteilen und Entscheidungen [Determinants of the importance of informa....

Igou, E.R. (2001) Determinanten der Wichtigkeit von Information: Eine kommunikative Perspektive zur Erklärung von Primacy und Recency Effekten bei Urteilen und Entscheidungen [Determinants of the importance of informa..... Germany : Pabst Science Publishers

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Book Chapters

2019

The unbearable lightness of boredom: A pragmatic meaning-regulation hypothesis

Van Tilburg W.A.P.;Igou E.R. (2019) The unbearable lightness of boredom: A pragmatic meaning-regulation hypothesis. New York : Springer Boredom Is in Your Mind: A Shared Psychological-Philosophical Approach :11-35

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2019

Social cognition in the workplace: The future of research on the meaning of work.

Maher, P. J., O'Shea, D., & Igou, E. R. (2019) Social cognition in the workplace: The future of research on the meaning of work.. London : Sage The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology

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2017

Attributes and applications of heroes: A brief history of lay and academic perspectives

Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2017) Attributes and applications of heroes: A brief history of lay and academic perspectives. Oxford : Routledge Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership

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2012

Preferences

Igou, E. R., Van Dongen, F., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P. (2012) Preferences. San Diego, CA : Academic Press Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition

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2010

The when and why of risky choice framing effects: A constructive processing perspective

Igou, E. R. (2010) The when and why of risky choice framing effects: A constructive processing perspective. New York : Psychology Press Perspectives on Framing

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2009

Metacognition.

Bless, H., Keller, J., & Igou, E.R. (2009) Metacognition.. New York : Psychology Press Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction Frontiers of Social Psychology

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2006

Mood as resource in structuring goal pursuit.

Trope, Y., Igou, E.R., & Burke, C (2006) Mood as resource in structuring goal pursuit.. New York : Psychology Press Affect in social thinking and behavior. Frontiers of Social Psychology :217-234

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2005

Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung

Bless, H. & Igou, E.R. (2005) Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung. Goettingen : Hogrefe Handbuch für Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie :423-429

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2005

Mood and the use of general knowledge structures in judgment and decision making

Bless, H., & Igou, E.R. (2005) Mood and the use of general knowledge structures in judgment and decision making. Hillsdale, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum The routines of decision making :193-210

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2002

Die Rolle kognitiv verfügbarer Information bei der Eindrucksbildung

Bless, H., & Igou, E. R. (2002) Die Rolle kognitiv verfügbarer Information bei der Eindrucksbildung. Göttingen : Hogrefe Das experimentalpsychologische Praktikum. Computergestützte Versuchssteuerung im Labor und WWW

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

2002

Making sense of standardized survey questions: The influence of reference periods and their repetition

Igou, E. R., Bless, H., & Schwarz, N. (2002) Making sense of standardized survey questions: The influence of reference periods and their repetition. Communication Monographs

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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. (1994) Das Psychologiestudium der Zukunft oder: Was wir noch immer zu träumen wagen. Journal für Psychologie :71-79

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