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Nira Liberman’s
Social Psychology Lab

We study how people go beyond the direct experienced here and now to consider the distal (future and past) time, far away locations, other people, and hypothetical (counterfactual) events.  We study what enables such expansion of scope and what are the consequences of such expansion. For example, how psychological distancing and adopting an abstract mindset affects cognitive performance and working memory? How it affects ability to take long-run considerations (e.g., reputation) when making decisions?

We study how people allocate effort in the course of goal pursuit, and how distancing affects value of outcomes.   Other topics in the lab include the social-cognitive and motivational basis of Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and the relations between conservatism, disgust and essentialism.

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