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Dr. David Hauser

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
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I am an Assistant Professor of Social/Personality Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. Prior to coming to Queen's, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Dornsife Mind and Society Center at the University of Southern California. I earned my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2017, where I was also a Graduate Student Instructor for Statistics and Psychology courses, director of the Situated Social Cognition Lab for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and longitudinal data consultant for the School of Social Work. I earned my BA in Psychology from Gettysburg College in 2008.

My research interests are focused on judgment and social cognition, namely how communication guides our inferences, preferences, and reasoning. My work investigates how seemingly innocuous words color evaluations, how metaphors guide understanding of abstract concepts like disease and health, and how common survey methods shape research conclusions.

I have authored numerous articles in publications such as Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and SAGE Open. I am also an Op-Ed contributor for The Guardian and a segment contributor for WNYC. Formerly, I was a data analyst at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency.

Most Recent Project

Are Manipulation Checks Necessary?

Table 1: Prevalence of manipulation checks of different types in various psychology journals from January 2015 to February 2016Researchers are concerned about whether manipulations have the intended effects. Many journals and reviewers view manipulation checks favorably, and they are widely reported in prestigious journals. However, the prototypical manipulation check is a verbal (rather than behavioral) measure that always appears at the same point in the procedure (rather than its order being varied to assess order effects).

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Other Projects

  • How seemingly innocuous words can bias judgment: Semantic prosody and impression formation

    diagram: Mean impression ratings by adverbWould we think more negatively of a person who caused rather than produced an outcome or who is described as utterly rather than totally unconventional? While these word choices may appear to be trivial, cause and utterly occur more frequently in a negative context in natural language use than produced or totally, even though these words do not have an explicit valenced meaning. Words that are primarily used in a valenced context are said to have semantic prosody. Five studies show that semantically-prosodic descriptors affect the impressions formed of others. These effects occur even in situations where perceivers are likely to be skeptical of messages, and they impact behavioral intentions toward targets.

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