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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Joyce Ehrlinger

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Cornell University, 2004

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 211
Phone: (509) 335-9127
Website: Social Cognition Lab


Classes Taught

  • Psychology 350: Social Psychology
  • Psychology 498: Research Participation
  • Psychology 499: Directed Individual Study
  • Psychology 550: Atitudes and Social Cognition

Research Interests

My research examines the processes that underlie judgments about the self. I examine how systems of belief shape our views about the self with a particular focus on beliefs regarding our competencies, the objectivity of our perceptions, and the malleability of our traits and abilities. I also explore self-judgments from a bottom-up perspective and examine factors that leave people without the information necessary to make accurate judgments about the self.

Selected Publications

Ehrlinger, J., Mitchum*, A. L., & Dweck, C. S. (2016). Understanding overconfidence: Theories of intelligence, preferential attention, and distorted self-assessment. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 63, 94-100.

Leith*, S., Ward*, C., Giacomin*, M., Landau*, E., Ehrlinger, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Changing theories of change: Strategic shifting in implicit theory endorsement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107 (4), 597-620.

Sparks*, E. A., Ehrlinger, J., & Eibach, R. P. (2012). Failing to commit: Maximizers avoid commitment in a way that contributes to reduced satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 72-77. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.09.002.

Eibach, R. P., Libby, L. K., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). Unrecognized changes in the self contribute to exaggerated judgments of external decline. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34(3), 193-203. doi:10.1080/01973533.2012.674416.

Fay*, A. J., Jordan*, A. H., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). How social norms promote misleading social feedback and inaccurate self-assessment. Compass: Social and Personality Psychology, 6(2), 206-216. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00420.x.

Sparks*, E. A., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). Psychological contributors to the failure to anticipate unintended consequences. Compass: Social and Personality Psychology, 6(5), 417-427. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2012.00435.x.

Conlon*, K. E., Ehrlinger, J., Eibach, R. P., Crescioni*, A. W., Alquist*, J. L., Gerend, M. A., & Dutton, G. R. (2011). Keeping one’s eyes on the prize: The longitudinal benefits of accomplishment focus on progress toward a weight loss goal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 47, 853-855.doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.02.005.

Crescioni*, A. W., Ehrlinger, J., Alquist*, J. L., Conlon*, K. E., Baumeister, R. F., & Dutton, G. R. (2011). High trait self-control predicts positive health behaviors and success in weight loss. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(5), 750-759. doi:10.1177/1359105310390247.


An asterisk (*) is used to denote current or former graduate student co-authors.

Joyce Ehrlinger

Washington State University