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Jill A. Jacobson

Jill A. Jacobson

  • SPN Mentor

My primary research interests are in the area of motivated social cognition. My work in this area has examined a range of motivators from personality and individual differences to cultural factors. In addition, I also have looked at various aspects of social cognition including information processing, stereotyping, and attitudes. More recently, I have had the opportunity to pursue my basic research interests with more diverse populations (e.g., older adults, Asian-Americans, etc.) and in the applied setting of end-of-life medical decision-making.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., Smucker, W. D., Jacobson, J. A., Houts, R. M., Fagerlin, A., Coppola, K. M., & Gready, R. M. (in press). The stability of older adults’ preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment. Health Psychology.
  • Edwards, J. A., Weary, G., von Hippel, W., & Jacobson, J. A. (2000). The effects of depression on impression formation: The role of trait and category diagnosticity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 462-473.
  • Houts, R. M., Smucker, W. D., Jacobson, J. A., Ditto, P. H., & Danks, J. H. (2002). Predicting elderly outpatient's life-sustaining treatment preferences over time: The majority rules. Medical Decision Making, 22, 39-52.
  • Jacobson, J. A., & Weary, G. (1999). Causal uncertainty’s role in the relationship between reassurance-seeking and depression. Psychological Inquiry, 10, 288-290.
  • Jacobson, J. A., Weary, G., & Edwards, J. A. (1999). Certainty-related beliefs and depressive symptomatology: Concurrent and longitudinal relationships. Social Cognition, 17, 19-45.
  • Weary, G., & Jacobson, J. A. (1997). Causal uncertainty and diagnostic information seeking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 839-848.
  • Weary, G., Jacobson, J. A., Edwards, J. A., & Tobin, S. J. (2001). Chronic and temporarily activated causal uncertainty beliefs and stereotype usage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 206-219.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Research Methodology
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • The Self

Jill A. Jacobson
Department of Psychology
Queen's University, 318 Craine Building
62 Arch Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

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