Much of my research concerns natural asymmetries in the way we perceive ourselves versus the way we perceive others. It further concerns the different processes involved in self and social perception, and how these processes can lead us to misperceive and misunderstand ourselves and others in ways that can produce conflict between individuals and groups. For example, I investigate the causes and consequences of people's tendency to perceive insight in their own judgments -- but bias and other forms of irrationality in others' judgments. Another area of research concerns the surprising consequences of thought speed. In everyday life, our thoughts sometimes move slowly and at other times seem to race. By experimentally manipulating the pace of people's thoughts, I have found that fast thinking leads to positive mood, heightened energy, and increased self-esteem. The lab is currently investigating other effects of thought speed, as well as clinical applications (e.g., for depression).
Hansen, K., Gerbasi, M., Todorov, A., Kruse, E., & Pronin, E. (2014). People claim objectivity after knowingly using biased strategies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214523476.
Yang, K., Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., & Pronin, E. (2014). Thought acceleration boosts positive mood among individuals with minimal to moderate depressive symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10608-014-9597-9.
Pronin, E. (2013). When the mind races: Effects of thought speed on feeling and action. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 283-288.
Chandler, J. J., & Pronin, E. (2012). Fast thought speed induces risk taking. Psychological Science, 23, 370-374.
Pronin, E., & Schmidt, K. (2012). Claims and denials of bias and their implications for policy. In E. Shafir, Ed., The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.