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Melissa J. Ferguson

Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor


  • Psychology

Graduate Fields

  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication


My research examines how people generate spontaneous and rapid interpretations of their social world, with a special focus on how people form and then update their judgments, beliefs, and evaluations of other individuals, groups, events, and ideas.  I am also interested in the cognitive processes underlying self-control, prejudice, and political ideologies.


Fall 2019

Spring 2020


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