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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Bertram Gawronski

Professor Ph.D., Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)

Bertram Gawronski



Dr. Gawronski earned his M.A. in Philosophy at the Free University Berlin (Germany) in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Psychology at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) in 2001. He was as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Würzburg (Germany) from 2001 to 2002 and at Northwestern University from 2002 to 2004. Before accepting his current position at the University of Texas at Austin, he held positions as Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology at The University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Dr. Gawronski will accept one new graduate student for the fall 2015.




Social Cognition, Attitudes, Decision Making, Moral Psychology, Automaticity and Control, Implicit Measures, Meta-Theory, Psychological Measurement

PSY 394V • Theory & Explain In Social Psy

42950 • Spring 2015
Meets T 100pm-400pm SEA 5.106
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Seminars in Social and Personality Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 341K • Social Cognition

43720 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm NOA 1.124
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Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.


Dr. Gawronski's research aims at understanding social judgments and social behavior through their underlying mental processes. A central question concerns the mental underpinnings and behavioral consequences of spontaneous ("implicit") and deliberate ("explicit") evaluations of objects, individuals, groups, and social issues. Previous and ongoing projects include studies on attitude formation and change, context effects on evaluative responses, evaluative conditioning, cognitive consistency, prejudice and stereotyping, impression formation, decision-making, attribution, self-representation, and moral judgment. Several recent projects have started to investigate the role of spontaneous and deliberate evaluations in various applied contexts, including political decision-making, consumer behavior, psychopathology, and legal decision-making. In addition to these major lines of research, Dr. Gawronski is interested in basic questions of psychological measurement and meta-theoretical issues in the construction and evaluation of psychological theories.


Conway, P., & Gawronski, B. (2013). Deontological and utilitarian inclinations in moral decision-making: A process dissociation approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 216-235.

Galdi, S., Arcuri, L., & Gawronski, B. (2008). Automatic mental associations predict future choices of undecided decision-makers. Science, 321, 1100-1102.

Gawronski, B., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2006). Associative and propositional processes in evaluation: An integrative review of implicit and explicit attitude change. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 692-731.

Gawronski, B., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2011). The associative-propositional evaluation model: Theory, evidence, and open questions. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 59-127.

Gawronski, B., & Cesario, J. (2013). Of mice and men: What animal research can tell us about context effects on automatic responses in humans. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 187-215.

Gawronski, B., LeBel, E. P., & Peters, K. R. (2007). What do implicit measures tell us? Scrutinizing the validity of three common assumptions. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2, 181-193.

Gawronski, B., Rydell, R. J., Vervliet, B., & De Houwer, J. (2010). Generalization versus contextualization in automatic evaluation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 683-701.


A comprehensive publication list is available at Dr. Gawronski's lab website.



Gawronski, B., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (Eds.). (2015). Theory and explanation in social psychology. New York: Guilford Press. [order]

Gawronski, B., & Payne, B. K. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of implicit social cognition: Measurement, theory, and applications. New York: Guilford Press. [order]

Gawronski, B., & Strack, F. (Eds.). (2012). Cognitive consistency: A fundamental principle in social cognition. New York: Guilford Press. [order]

Sherman, J. W., Gawronski, B., & Trope, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Dual-process theories of the social mind. New York: Guilford Press. [order]


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