David Hauser

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

B.A., Gettysburg College, 2008
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2017

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Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Research Interests

David studies judgment and social cognition, namely how communication guides our inferences, preferences, and reasoning. His 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.

Selected Publications

Hauser, D. J., Ellsworth, P. C., & Gonzalez, R. (2018). Are manipulation checks necessary? Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 998.

Hauser, D. J. & Schwarz, N. (2018). How seemingly innocuous words can bias judgment: Semantic prosody and impression formation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75, 11-18.

Hauser, D. J., Nesse, R. M., & Schwarz, N. (2017). Lay theories and metaphors of health and illness. In Zedelius C., Muller, B., & Schooler J. W. (Eds.) The science of lay theories: How beliefs shape our culture, cognition, and health. (pp. 341-354). Springer.

Hauser, D. J. & Schwarz, N. (2016). Semantic prosody and judgment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 882-896.

Hauser, D. J. & Schwarz, N. (2016). Attentive Turkers: MTurk participants perform better on online attention checks than subject pool participantsBehavior Research Methods, 48, 400-407.

Hauser, D. J. & Schwarz, N. (2015). IT'S A TRAP!: Instructional manipulation checks prompt systematic thinking on "tricky" tasks. SAGE Open, 5, 1-6.

Hauser, D. J. & Schwarz, N. (2015). The war on prevention: Bellicose cancer metaphors hurt (some) prevention intentions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 66-77.

Hauser, D. J., Preston, S. D., Stansfield, R. B. (2014). Altruism in the wild: When affiliative motives to help positive people overtake empathic motives to help the distressed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1295-1305.

Meier, B. P., Hauser, D. J., Robinson, M. D., Friesen, C. K., & Schjeldahl, K. (2007). What’s “up” with God?: Vertical Space as a representation of the divine. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 699-710.