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Dr. David Trafimow

New Mexico State University


Education: BA Psychology, 1984, University of Illinois MA Psychology, 1988, Indiana University PhD Psychlogy, 1993, University of Illinois at Champaign PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 8/01 to Present Professor at New Mexico State University 8/98 To 8/01 Associate Professor at New Mexico State University 8/94 to 8/98 Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University 8/92 to 8/94 Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech INTEREST AREAS General interest in social cognition. Pa  CLASSES TAUGHT Undergraduate: Introductory Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Methods, Advanced Experimental Methods. Graduate: Social Psychology, Social Methods, Social Cognition, Philosophy of Science.

Research Interest

General interest in social cognition. 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. Additional interest in methodological, statistical, and philosophical issues pertaining to science.


  • 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. (2005). The ubiquitous Laplacian assumption: Reply to Lee and Wagenmakers. Psychological Review, 112, 669- 674.

  • Bromgard, G. D., Trafimow, D., & Bromgard, I. K. (2006). Valence of self-cognitions: The positivity of individual selfstatements. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 85-94.

  • Trafimow, D., Madson, L., & Gwizdowski, I. (in press). Introductory psychology students’ perceptions of alternatives to research participation. Teaching of Psychology.

  • Clayton, K. D., & Trafimow, D. (in press). A test of three hypotheses concerning attributions towards female promiscuity. Social Science Journal.

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