Oscar   Ybarra

Oscar Ybarra

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations, Stephen M Ross School of Business and Adjunct Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research


Research deals with how people make decisions about their social surroundings and navigate their web of interactions with known and trusted others (friends, family) and those who they may not know and even dislike (strangers, outgroup members).

Research programs fall along four lines, and the common denominator is that the social relates strongly to the cognitive. I study how people understand and make decisions about the social aspects of the world versus those related to tasks and work, how people make decisions about others and the cognitive biases that may preclude creating social connections, how social interaction and relationships support and enhance cognitive abilities and performance, and how the cognitively stimulating nature of social interaction is affected by trust, asynchrony, and inauthenticity in ones approach to others.

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