Brief Biography for Richard E. Nisbett
August, 2002

Professional ExperienceEducationUndergraduate Honors
Graduate HonorsProfessional HonorsProfessional Activities
Editorial Boards Representative Publications

Professional Experience :
The University of Michigan
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor, 1992-
Co-Director, Culture and Cognition Program, 1991-
Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, 1989-1996.
Director, Cognitive Science Program, 1983-1984.
Professor of Psychology, 1976-
Associate Professor of Psychology, 1971-1976.

Yale University
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1966-1971.

A.B., 1962, Tufts University, Psychology major.
Ph.D., 1966, Columbia University, Department of Social Psychology.

Undergraduate Honors:
A.B. Summa cum laude, Society of Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa.

Graduate Honors:
John W. Burgess Honorary Fellowship 1964; University Fellow, 1962-1963; President's Fellow, 1963-1965; NSF Fellow, 1965-1966.

Professional Honors:
Langfeld Lecturer, Princeton University, 1980.
Invited to be a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the
Behavioral Sciences, 1981.
Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in
Social Psychology, awarded by the American Psychological
Association, 1982.
Donald Taylor Memorial Lecturer, Yale University, 1984.
Invited Address: British Psychological Society Meeting, 1985.
William Howard Taft Lecturer in Philosophy, University of
Cincinnati, 1989.
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American
Psychological Association, 1991.
Ernest Hilgard Lecturer, Stanford University, 1992.
Carl Hovland Lecturer, Yale University, 1992.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992.
Invited Address: French Psychological Society, 1993.
Distinguished Senior Scientist Award, Society for Experimental
Social Psychology, 1995
Wei Lun Visiting Professor of Psychology, Chinese University of
Hong Kong, 1995.
William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific
Achievements, American Psychological Society, 1996.
Invited Address, American Psychological Society, 1997.
J. McKeen Cattell Fellowship Award, 1998.
Keynote Address, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, 1998.
Edward E. Jones Memorial Lectures, Princeton University, 2001.
Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, 2001
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2002
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2002

Professional Activities:
Member, Basic Sociocultural Research Review Committee, Public
Health Service, 1979-1980.
Member, Committee on Research Support, American
Psychological Association, 1981-1984.
Member, Committee on Tax Compliance of National Research
Council, 1984-1986.
Testimony on the National Science Foundation Budget to the U.S.
House of Representatives, April 27, 1988 and to the U.S.
May 10, 1988.
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
Armed Services on the Subject of USS VINCENNES'
Downing of
the Iran Air Flight 655, October 6, 1988.

Editorial Boards:
Psychological Review, 1982-1989; 1996-
Cognitive Psychology, 1977-1992
Cognition, 1995-
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1969-1971; 1973-
1977; 1979-1988.
Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making, 1987-1997.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 1973-1978.
Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 1979-1983.
European Journal of Social Psychology, 1982-1985.
Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1995-
Evolution and Human Behavior, 1995-


Nisbett, R. E., & Ross, L. D. (1980). Human Inference: Strategies and Shortcomings of Social Judgment. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Translated into Italian, Korean.

Holland, J. H., Holyoak, K. J., Nisbett, R. E., & Thagard, P. (1986). Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery. Cambridge, MA: Bradford Books/The MIT Press. Translated into Japanese.

Nisbett, R. E. (1992). Rules for Reasoning. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Nisbett, R. E., & Cohen, D. (1996). Culture of Honor: The Psychology of Violence in the South. Denver, CO: Westview Press.

Nisbett, R. E. The Geography of Thought: Why We Think the Way We Do. (in press). New York: The Free Press.


Jones, E. E., & Nisbett, R. E. (1971). The actor and the observer: Divergent Perceptions of the Causes of Behavior. New York: General Learning Press.

Nisbett, R. E., & Wilson, T. D. (1977). Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes. Psychological Review, 84, 231-259.

Nisbett, R. E., Krantz, D. H., Jepson, D., & Kunda, Z. (1983). The use of statistical heuristics in everyday reasoning. Psychological Review, 90, 339-363.

Nisbett, R. E., Fong, G. T., Lehman, D. R., & Cheng, P. W. (1987). Teaching reasoning. Science, 238, 625-631.

Smith, E. E., Langston, C., and Nisbett, R. E. (1992). The case for rules in reasoning. Cognitive Science, 16, 1-40.

Choi, I., Nisbett, R. E., & Smith, E. E. (1997). Culture, categorization and inductive reasoning. Cognition, 65, 15-32.

Choi, I., Nisbett, R. E., & Norenzayan, A. (1999). Causal attribution across cultures: Variation and universality. Psychological Bulletin, 125, 47-63.

Peng, K., & Nisbett, R. E. (1999). Culture, dialecticism, and reasoning about contradiction. American Psychologist, 54, 741-754.

Norenzayan, A., & Nisbett, R. E. (2000). Culture and causal cognition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9, 132-135.

Sanchez-Burks, J., Nisbett, R. E., & Ybarra, O. (2000). Cultural styles, relationship schemas, and prejudice against outgroups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 174-189.

Ji, L., Peng, K., & Nisbett, R. E. (2000). Culture, control, and perception of relationships in the environment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 943-955.

Choi, I., & Nisbett, R. E. (2000). Cultural psychology of surprise: Holistic theories and recognition of contradiction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 890-905.

Nisbett, R. E., Peng, K., Choi, I., & Norenzayan, A. (2001). Culture and systems of thought: Holistic vs. analytic cognition. Psychological Review, 108, 291-310.

Masuda, T., & Nisbett, R. E. (2001). Attending holistically versus analytically: Comparing the context sensitivity of Japanese and Americans. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 81, 992-934.

Ji, L., Nisbett, R. E., & Su, Y. (2001). Culture, change and prediction. Psychological Science, 12, 450-456.

Hedden, T., Park, D. C., Nisbett, R. E., Ji, L., Jing, Q., & Jiao, S. (2002). Cultural variation in verbal versus spatial neuropsychological function across the lifespan. Neuropsychology, 16, 65-73.

Nisbett, R. E. and Norenzayan, A. (2002). Culture and cognition. In D. Medin & H. Pashler (Eds.), Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology, Third Edition, Volume Two: Memory and Cognitive Processes. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Norenzayan, A., Smith, E.E., Kim, B. J. & Nisbett, R. E. Cultural preferences for formal versus intuitive reasoning. (In press). Cognitive Science.