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Paul Windschitl

Paul Windschitl
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1996
228 SLP
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Research Interests

Optimism / Likelihood judgment
Perceived vulnerability / risk
Decision making under uncertainty
Decision making in health contexts
Social comparison 
Comparative judgment processes

Primary Research Area

Judgment and Decision Making, Cognition, Social Psychology

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Representative Publications

Gold, J. M., Stuart, J. O., Thiem, K. C., Field, R. W., Fernandez-Baca, J., and Windschitl, P. D. (in press).  The unintended impact of smoking-risk information on concerns about radon: A randomized controlled trial.  Health Psychology.

O' Rourke Stuart, J., Windschitl, P. D., Smith, A. R., & Scherer, A. M. (2017). Behaving optimistically: How the (un)desirability of an outcome can bias people's preparations for it.  Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30, 54-69.

Windschitl, P. D., & O’Rourke, J. L. (2015).  Optimism Biases: Type and Causes.  In Gideon Keren & George Wu (Eds.) Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making.  Blackwell Publishing.

Scherer, A. M., Windschitl, P. D., & Smith A., R. (2013).  Hope to be right: Biased information seeking following arbitrary and informed predictions.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 106–112.  

Windschitl, P. D., Conybeare, D., & Krizan, Z. (2008). Direct-comparison judgments: When and why above- and below-average effects reverse. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 137, 182-200.

Windschitl, P. D., Smith, A. R., Rose, J. P., & Krizan, Z. (2010). The desirability bias in predictions: Going optimistic without leaving realism. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making, 111, 33-47.

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