Richard E. Nisbett

Research Professor, RCGD
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, LSA
Richard E. Nisbett


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.