Abraham M. Rutchick

Dr. Rutchick
(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

**I welcome applications from prospective graduate students in 2020; I anticipate taking at least one new student.
(We are also accepting applications for new undergraduate research assistants to start in Fall 2021.)

Selected Publications

Rutchick, A. M., Slepian, M. L., Reyes, M. O., Pleskus, L. N., & Hershfield, H. (in press). Future self-continuity is associated with improved health and increases exercise behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Rutchick, A. M., McManus, R. M., Barth, D. M., Youmans, R. J., Ainsworth, A. T., & Goukassian, H. J. (2017). Technologically facilitated remoteness increases killing behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 147-150.

Slepian, M. L., Ferber, S. N., Gold, J. M., & Rutchick, A. M. (2015). The cognitive consequences of formal clothing. Social and Personality Psychology Science, 6, 661-668.

Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (2014). Domain knowledge and hindsight bias among poker players. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27(3), 259-267.

Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (2014). Political knowledge reduces hindsight memory distortion in election judgements. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(2), 213-220.

Slepian, M. L., Young, S. G., Rutchick, A. M. & Ambady, N. (2013). Quality of professional players’ poker hands is perceived accurately from arm motions. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2335-2338.

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. (Link goes to PLOS One page; download PDF there)

Research Interests

My students and I work on research that applies the principles and methods of social cognition to questions with direct real-world relevance. We have three broad areas of interest with this overarching theme.

First, we study how nonconscious processes function in everyday life. One line of work has focused on the impact of objects and environments (such as red pens, light bulbs, formal clothing, and churches) on cognition and behavior. A second line of work in this area is applied in a health setting: we have developed and are testing a priming-based intervention to reduce pain.

Second, we study social perception, with a focus on the perception of groups. We examine both basic questions (e.g., examining the antecedents of categorization and social essentialism) and applied issues (e.g., examining the implications of social identity for prejudice reduction interventions and political bipartisanship).

Third, we have an interest in emerging technology – both as a tool to study cognition and behavior (e.g., with smartphones and other recording devices) and as a topic in its own right (e.g., questions of morality, agency, and trust in a changing technological landscape).