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Joshua Ackerman

Joshua Ackerman

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My work focuses on the role that adaptive psychological mechanisms play in consumption and decision-making environments. This typically involves influences on thoughts and decisions that act outside of conscious awareness. Specific research topics include self-control, embodiment, disease and contagion, intergroup processing, various signaling behaviors, and whatever else seems theoretically and conceptually interesting.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Ackerman, J. M., Huang, J. Y., & Bargh, J. A. (2012). Evolutionary perspectives on social cognition. In S. T. Fiske & C. N. Macrae (Eds.), The Handbook of Social Cognition (pp. 451-473). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Park, J. H., & Ackerman, J. M. (2011). Passion and compassion: Psychology of kin relations within and beyond the family. In C. Salmon and T. Shackelford (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology (pp. 329-344). Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. Seminar in Consumer Behavior
  • Research Methods

Joshua Ackerman
Marketing Group
MIT Sloan School of Management
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E62-541
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

  • Phone: (617) 258-9102
  • Fax: (617) 258-7597

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