Raised in Alton, IL. Flunked out of math at Dartmouth College and went on to a double major in Neuroscience and Russian Literature. University of Missouri PhD in Social Psychology with a minor in statistics. Delighted to be here.
111Introduction To Psychology
Teaching Interests & Areas
Introduction to social psychology; research methods; statistics; meta-analysis; Bayesian statistics
Research Interests & Areas
Why are people sometimes so awful to each other? How can we make people nicer and the world safer?
What makes video games so fun? Why do different people have different tastes in video games? And why do some people play video games until their hygiene, health, jobs, and relationships suffer?
What proportion of research findings are true? Just how effective are the manipulations and measurements used by psychologists?
How can we make scientific publication more fair and more truthful? Can statistics help us detect when we're only given part of the data? And is it possible to catch a sophisticated fake?
George, A., R., Wesselmann, E. D., Hilgard, J. B., Young, A., & van Beest, I. (2020). The effect of thinking about being excluded by God on well-being: A replication and extension. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. [Registered Replication Report] https://doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2020.1801228
Hales, A. H., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hilgard, J. (2018). Improving Psychological Science through Transparency and Openness: An Overview. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 1-19.