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Abraham M. Rutchick

Abraham M. Rutchick
Associate Professor
(818) 677-7140
Office location:
ST 308



  • Ph.D., Psychology, UC Santa Barbara.
  • M.A., Psychology, UC Santa Barbara.
  • B.S., Biology/Psychology, Tufts University.

Specialty Areas: Social Psychology, Health Psychology.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 345
  • PSY 479AS


Selected Publications

Slepian, M. L., Young, S. G., Rutchick, A. M. & Ambady, N. (in press). Quality of professional players¹ poker hands is perceived accurately from arm motions. In press at Psychological Science.

Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (in press). Domain knowledge and hindsight bias among poker players. In press at Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Open Science Collaboration. (in press). The Reproducibility Project: A model of large-scale collaboration for empirical research on reproducibility. In V. Stodden, F. Leisch, & R. Peng (Eds.), Implementing Reproducible Computational Research (A Volume in The R Series).  New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Rutchick, A. M., & *Slepian, M. L. (2013). Handling ibuprofen increases pain tolerance and decreases perceived pain intensity in a cold pressor test. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e56175.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056175

Open Science Collaboration. (2012). An open, large-scale, collaborative effort to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 657-660.

Rutchick, A. M., *Slepian, M. L., & Ferris, B. D. (2010). The pen is mightier than the word: Object priming of evaluative standards. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 704­708.

Slepian, M. L., Weisbuch, M., Rutchick, A. M., Newman, L. S., & Ambady, N. (2010). Shedding light on insight: Priming bright ideas. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46,696-700.

Rutchick, A. M. (2010). Deus ex machina: The influence of polling place on voting behavior. Political Psychology, 31, 209-225.

Rutchick, A. M., & Eccleston, C. P. (2010). Ironic effects of invoking a common ingroup identity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology,32, 109-117.

Filipkowski, K. B., Smyth, J. M., Rutchick, A. M., Santuzzi, A. M., Adya, M., Petrie, K. J., & Kaptein, A. A. (2010). Do healthy people worry? Modern health worries, subjective health complaints, perceived health, and health care utilization. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 182-188.

Rutchick, A. M., Smyth, J. M., & Konrath, S. (2009). Seeing Red (and Blue): Effects of Electoral College depictions on political group perception. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 269-282.

Newman, L. S., *Hernandez, W., *Bakina, D. A., & Rutchick, A. M. (2009). Implicit egotism on the baseball diamond: Why Peter Piper prefers to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates. NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics, 57, 176-181.

Rutchick, A. M., Smyth, J. M., Lopoo, L. M., & Dusek, J. B. (2009). Great Expectations: The biasing effects of reported child behavior problems on educational expectancies and subsequent academic achievement. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 392-413.

Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., & Sack, J. D. (2008). Antecedents of entitativity in categorically and dynamically construed groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 1-17.

Johnson, A. L., Crawford, M. T., Sherman, S. J., Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., Ferreira, M., & Petrocelli, J. V. (2006). A functional perspective on group memberships: differential need fulfillment in a group typology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 707-719.

Lickel, B., Rutchick, A. M., Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, S. J. (2006). Intuitive theories of group types and relational principles. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 28-39.

Research Interests

My students and I study a wide range of questions with the overarching goal of applying social psychological theory to other contexts. We are particularly interested in nonconscious processes and social perception.