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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is interested in social cognition and studies how we process information about individuals and groups. His research focuses on: (1) Perceptions of entitativity in social groups; (2) Stereotypes: how cognitive processes influence the development and maintenance of stereotypes; (3) Impression Formation: how we develop and use impressions of others; and (4) Attribution: how and when causal attributions are made.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Garcia-Marques, L., & Hamilton, D. L. (1996). Resolving the apparent discrepancy between the incongruency and the expectancy-based illusory correlation effects: The TRAP model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 845-860.
  • Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, S. J. (1996). Perceiving persons and groups. Psychological Review, 103, 336-355.
  • Lickel, B., Hamilton, D. L., Wieczorkowska, G., Lewis, A. C., & Sherman, S. J. (2000). Varieties of groups and the perception of group entitativity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78(2), 223-246.
  • McConnell, A. R., Sherman, S. J., & Hamilton, D. L. (1997). Target entitativity: Implications for information processing about individual and group targets. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 750-762.
  • Susskind, J., Maurer, K. L., Thakkar, V., Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, J. W. (1999). Perceiving individuals and groups: Expectancies, dispositional inferences, and causal attributions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 181-191.

Other Publications:

  • Hamilton, D. L. (1998). Dispositional and attributional inferences in person perception. In J. M. Darley & J. Cooper (Eds.), Attribution and social interaction: The legacy of Edward E. Jones. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, J. W. (1994). Stereotypes. In R. S. Wyer, Jr., & T. K. Srull (Eds.), Handbook of social cognition (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 1-68). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Hamilton, D. L., Sherman, S. J., & Lickel, B. (1998). Perceptions of groups: The importance of the entitativity continuum. In C. Sedikides, J. Schopler, & C. A. Insko (Eds.), Intergroup cognition and intergroup behavior (pp. 47-74). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Sherman, S. J., Hamilton, D. L., & Lewis A. C. (1999). Perceived entitativity and the social identity value of group memberships. In D. Abrams & M. Hogg (Eds.), Social identity and social cognition. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Dave Hamilton
Department of Psychology
University of California
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9660
United States of America

  • Phone: (805) 893-2456
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