Joshua M. Ackerman
Faculty Associate, RCGD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Joshua Ackerman's research revolves around interpersonal cognition, and how and why people's relationships influence how we think, prefer, choose, and act. In his work, he has found that human satisfaction with these choices is often driven by a fundamental set of evolved predispositions interacting with subtle features of our current environments. Dr. Ackerman's research projects include investigating threat identification, romantic relationships, self-control and risky decisions, and nonconscious effects of touch sensations. His current focus is on understanding how exposure to infectious disease cues and bodily factors, such as immune system functioning, interact to influence various forms of social behavior, as well as the impact of life history factors on these same types of outcomes.
- Sng, Oliver, and Joshua M. Ackerman. 2020. "Too many people, women, men? The psychological effects of population density and sex ratio." Current Opinion in Psychology 32: 38-42.
- Prokosch, Marjorie L., Jeffrey Gassen, Joshua M. Ackerman, and Sarah E. Hill. 2019. "Caution in the time of cholera: Pathogen threats decrease risk tolerance." Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences 13(4): 311-334.
- Kronrod, Ann, and Joshua M. Ackerman. 2019. "I'm so touched! Self-touch increases attitude extremity via self-focused attention." Acta Psychologica 195: 12-21.
- Ackerman, Joshua M., Sarah E. Hill, and Damian R. Murray. 2018. "The behavioral immune system: Current concerns and future directions." Social and Personality Psychology Compass 12(2): e12371.
- Ackerman, Joshua M., Joshua M. Tybur, and Chad R. Mortensen. 2018. "Infectious Disease and Imperfections of Self-Image." Psychological Science 29(2): 228-241.
- Ackerman, Joshua M. 2018. "Persuasion by Proxy: Effects of Vicarious Self-Control Use on Reactions to Persuasion Attempts." Social Cognition 36(3): 275-300.
- Ackerman, Joshua M. 2018. "Best practices for interpreting large-scale replications." Nature Human Behaviour 2(10): 712.
- Wang, Iris M., and Joshua M. Ackerman. 2018. "The Infectiousness of Crowds: Crowding Experiences Are Amplified by Pathogen Threats." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 45(1): 120-132.
- Huang, Julie Y., Joshua M. Ackerman, and Alexandra Sedlovskaya. 2017. "(De)contaminating product preferences: A multi-method investigation into pathogen threat's influence on used product preferences." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 70: 143-152.
- Huang, Julie Y., Joshua M. Ackerman, and George E. Newman. 2017. "Catching (Up with) Magical Contagion: A Review of Contagion Effects in Consumer Contexts." Journal of the Association for Consumer Research 2(4): 430-443.
- Ackerman, Joshua M., Jon K. Maner, and Stephanie L. Carpenter. 2016. "Going All In: Unfavorable Sex Ratios Attenuate Choice Diversification." Psychological Science 27(6): 799-809.
- Bellezza, Silvia, Joshua M. Ackerman, and Francesca Gino. Forthcoming. ""Be Careless with That!" Availability of Product Upgrades Increases Cavalier Behavior toward Possessions." Journal of Marketing Research
- Ackerman, Joshua M. 2015. "Implications of Haptic Experience for Product and Environmental Design." in The Psychology of Design: Creating Consumer Appeal, edited by Batra, Rajeev, Seifert, Colleen, Brei, Diann. Routledge.
- Maner, Jon K., and Joshua M. Ackerman. 2015. "Sexually selective cognition." Current Opinion in Psychology 1: 52-56.
- Ackerman, Joshua M. 2015. "Persuasion by proxy: Vicarious self-control use increases decision compliance." Pp. 68-73 in Advances in Consumer Research, edited by Diehl, Kristin, Yoon, Carolyn. Duluth, MN: Association for Consumer Research.
- Griskevivious, Vladas, Joseph Redden, and Joshua M. Ackerman. 2014. "The Fundamental motives for why we buy." in The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption, edited by Preston, Stephanie D., Kringelbach, Morten L., Knutson, Brian, Whybrow, Peter C. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Earp, Brian D., Brendan Dill, Jennifer L. Harris, Joshua M. Ackerman, and John A. Bargh. 2013. "No sign of quitting: incidental exposure to "no smoking" signs ironically boosts cigarette-approach tendencies in smokers." Journal of Applied Social Psychology 43(10): 2158-2162.
- Huang, Julie Y., Joshua M. Ackerman, and John A. Bargh. 2013. "Superman to the rescue: Simulating physical invulnerability attenuates exclusion-related interpersonal biases." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49(3): 349-354.
- Griskevicius, Vladas, Joshua M. Ackerman, Stephanie M. Cantú, Andrew W. Delton, Theresa E. Robertson, Jeffry A. Simpson, Melissa Emery Thompson, and Joshua M. Tybur. 2013. "When the Economy Falters, Do People Spend or Save? Responses to Resource Scarcity Depend on Childhood Environments." Psychological Science 24(2): 197-205.
- Griskevicius, Vladas, Joshua M. Tybur, Joshua M. Ackerman, Andrew W. Delton, Theresa E. Robertson, and Andrew E. White. 2012. "The financial consequences of too many men: sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 102(1): 69.
- Griskevicius, Vladas, Joshua M. Ackerman, and Joseph Redden. 2012. "Why we buy: evolution, marketing, and consumer behaviour." in Applied Evolutionary Psychology, edited by Roberts, S. Craig. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Becker, D. Vaughn, Joshua M. Ackerman, Chad R. Mortensen, Jenessa R. Shapiro, Uriah S. Anderson, Takao Sasaki, Jon K. Maner, Steven L. Neuberg, an, et al. 2011. "Signal Detection on the Battlefield: Priming Self-Protection vs. Revenge-Mindedness Differentially Modulates the Detection of Enemies and Allies." PLOS ONE 6(9): e23929.
- Huang, Julie Y., Alexandra Sedlovskaya, Joshua M. Ackerman, and John A. Bargh. 2011. "Immunizing Against Prejudice: Effects of Disease Protection on Attitudes Toward Out-Groups." Psychological Science 22(12): 1550-1556.