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David Trafimow

David Trafimow

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David Trafimow has a general interest in social cognition with particular interests in understanding how self-cognitions are organized, the interrelationships between self-cognitions and presumed determinants of behavior (e.g., attitudes, subjective norms, control beliefs, and behavioral intentions), and the cognitive and affective processes underlying attributions. He has additional interests in methodological, statistical, and philosophical issues pertaining to psychology. Finally, and most importantly, he is interested in Potential Performance Theory (PPT).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Trafimow, D. (in press). On Making Assumptions about Auxiliary Assumptions: Reply to Wallach and Wallach. Theory and Psychology.
  • Trafimow, D. (2009). Reeder’s MIM as a special case of confluence theory. Psychological Inquiry, 20, 48-52.
  • Trafimow, D. (2009). The Theory of Reasoned Action: A Case Study of Falsification in Psychology. Theory & Psychology, 19, 501-518.
  • Trafimow, D. (2007). Why the empirical literature fails to support or disconfirm modular or dual-process models. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 283-284.
  • Trafimow, D. (2006). Using Epistemic Ratios to Evaluate Hypotheses: An Imprecision Penalty for Imprecise Hypotheses. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 132, 431-462.
  • Trafimow, D. (2005). The ubiquitous Laplacian assumption: Reply to Lee and Wagenmakers. Psychological Review, 112, 669-674.
  • Trafimow, D. (2004). Problems With Change in R2 as Applied to Theory of Reasoned Action Research. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 515-530.
  • Trafimow, D. (2003). Hypothesis testing and theory evaluation at the boundaries: Surprising insights from Bayes’s theorem. Psychological Review, 110, 526-535.
  • Trafimow, D., Bromgard, I.K., Finlay, K. A., Ketelaar, T. (2005). The role of affect in determining the attributional weight of immoral behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 935-948.
  • Trafimow, D., Clayton, K. D., Sheeran, P., Darwish, A-F. E, & Brown, J. (in press). How do people form behavioral intentions when others have the power to determine social consequences? Journal of General Psychology.
  • Trafimow, D., Kiekel, P. A., & Clason, D. (2004). The simultaneous consideration of between-participants and within-participants analyses in research on predictors of behaviors: The issue of dependence. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 703-711.
  • Trafimow, D., MacDonald, J., Rice, S., & Clason, D. L. (in press). How often is prep close to the true replication probability? Psychological Methods.
  • Trafimow, D., & Rice (2009). Potential performance theory (PPT): Describing a methodology for analyzing task performance. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 359-371.
  • Trafimow, D., & Rice, S. (2009). What If Social Scientists Had Reviewed Great Scientific Works of the Past? Perspectives in Psychological Science, 4, 65-78.
  • Trafimow, D., & Rice, S. (2008). Potential performance theory (PPT): A general theory of task performance applied to morality. Psychological Review, 115, 447-462.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Experimental Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Experimental Methods
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology

David Trafimow
Department of Psychology, MSC 3452
P.O. Box 30001
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
United States

  • Phone: (575) 646-4023
  • Fax: (575) 646-6212

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