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Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn

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I am interested in self-knowledge and its shortcomings, including beliefs about oneself and others that people cannot or will not report. Specifically, I study mental biases that exist outside conscious awareness, leading people to make inaccurate predictions about their future well-being and to make prejudiced judgments of others. In my main line of research, I investigate how and why people misunderstand what will make them happy. In a secondary line of research, I examine how people activate, inhibit, apply, and transmit stereotypes unintentionally.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Dunn, E. W., & Laham, S. A. (2006). Affective forecasting: A user’s guide to emotional time travel. To appear in J. Forgas (Ed.), Hearts and minds: Affective influences on social cognition and behavior. (Frontiers of Social Psychology Series). New York: Psychology Press.

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Elizabeth Dunn
Department of Psychology
Douglas Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4

  • Phone: (604) 827-3144

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