Richard E. Nisbett
Research Professor, RCGD
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, LSA
Nisbett is Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor; Co-Director of the UM Culture and Cognition Program; and Research Professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics of UM's Institute for Social Research.
His research interests focus on culture, social class and aging. I study reasoning and basic cognitive processes, especially induction, statistical reasoning, causal attribution, cost-benefit analysis and logical vs. dialectical approaches to problem-solving. I have studied the degree to which cognitive processes can be trained and the differences in East Asian and Western reasoning styles. I have also studied awareness of cognitive processes and lay personality theory. I also conducted research on the "culture of honor" in the U.S. South and West.
- Oliveira, Stephanie de, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2018. "Demographically diverse crowds are typically not much wiser than homogeneous crowds." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(9): 2066-2071.
- Oliveira, Stephanie de, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2017. "Beyond East and West: Cognitive Style in Latin America." Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 48(10): 1554-1577.
- Oliveira, Stephanie de, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2017. "Culture Changes How We Think About Thinking: From "Human Inference" to "Geography of Thought"." Perspectives on Psychological Science 12(5): 782-790.
- Nisbett, Richard E. 2016. "Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology: Richard E. Nisbett." American Psychologist 71(5): 363-365.
- Nisbett, Richard E. 2016. "TOOLS FOR SMARTER THINKING Teaching students a few powerful reasoning concepts can equip them to make better decisions throughout their lives." Educational Leadership 73(6): 24-28.
- Nisbett, Richard E. 2015. "Welcoming conservatives to the field." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38: e152.
- Grossmann, Igor, Jinkyung Na, Michael E. W. Varnum, Shinobu Kitayama, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2013. "A Route to Well-Being: Intelligence Versus Wise Reasoning." Journal of Experimental Psychology-General 142(3): 944-953.
- Grossmann, Igor, Mayumi Karasawa, Satoko Izumi, Jinkyung Na, Michael E. W. Varnum, Shinobu Kitayama, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2012. "Aging and Wisdom: Culture Matters." Psychological Science 23(10): 1059-1066.
- Nisbett, Richard E., Joshua Aronson, Clancy Blair, William Dickens, James Flynn, Diane F. Halpern, and Eric Turkheimer. 2012. "Group Differences in IQ Are Best Understood as Environmental in Origin." American Psychologist 67(6): 503-504.
- Nisbett, Richard E., Joshua Aronson, Clancy Blair, William Dickens, James Flynn, Diane F. Halpern, and Eric Turkheimer. 2012. "Intelligence New Findings and Theoretical Developments." American Psychologist 67(2): 130-159.
- Nisbett, Richard E. 2011. "The Achievement Gap: Past, Present & Future." Daedalus 140(2): 90-100.
- Nisbett, Richard E., Kaiping Peng, Incheol Choi, and Ara Norenzayan. 2011. "Culture and Systems of Thought: Comparison of Holistic and Analytic Cognition." Psikhologicheskii Zhurnal 32(1): 55-86.
- Ji, Li-Jun, Norbert W. Schwarz, and Richard E. Nisbett. 2000. "Culture, autobiographical memory, and behavioral frequency reports: Measurement issues in cross-cultural studies." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 26(5): 585-593.
- Cohen, Dov, Richard E. Nisbett, Brian F. Bowdle, and Norbert W. Schwarz. 1996. "Insult, aggression, and the southern culture of honor: An 'experimental ethnography.'." Journal of personality and social psychology 70(5): 945-960. US: American Psychological Association.