Brett is currently a visiting associate professor of psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Brett began his career as a social psychologist at UCLA where he was an assistant and associate professor of psychology for about ten years. He also worked as a social psychologist at the University at Buffalo before moving to the greater Washington, DC area in 2007 -- to be closer to his family. In addition to teaching at St. Mary's Brett has also taught as an adjunct or visiting professor at Swarthmore College and at Georgetown University, where he is currently an adjunct. Brett served for two years as a program director in social psychology at the National Science Foundation, and prior to that he worked for two years as a senior research analyst at Gallup, in Washington, DC.
Brett's research has focused on the self, social judgment, close relationships, stereotypes, and well-being, with a special emphasis on implicit processes such as implicit egotism. His most recent work on implicit egotism focuses on moderators and mediators of preferences for people places and things that resemble the self (e.g., implicit self-esteem, culture, intuitive judgment styles). Other recent recent research, led by Mitsuru Shimizu, has focused on the role of intuition in implicit self-esteem. He is also working on a project, led by Mauricio Carvallo, on the role of close relationships in perceived consensus for social beliefs (aka, the interpersonal false consensus effect). With Curtis Hardin, he is working on a project that examines symbolic preferences for street names that defend men's threatened sense of masculinity. Finally, he has long been working on a worldwide study of the connection between women's social status and women's life expectancy.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Causal Attribution
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Pelham, B.W. (2019). Evolutionary psychology: Genes, environments, and time. London, UK: Palgrave MacmIllan.
- Pelham, B.W., & Blanton, H. (2018). Conducting research in psychology: Measuring the weight of smoke (5th edition). SAGE Publishing.
- Blanton. H., Pelham, B. W., DeHart, T., & Carvallo, M. (2001). Overconfidence as dissonance reduction. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 373-385.
- DeHart, T., Pelham, B. W., & Tennen, H. (2006). What lies beneath: Parenting style and implicit self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 1-17.
- Hetts, J. J., Sakuma, M., & Pelham, B. W. (1999). Two-roads to positive regard: Implicit and explicit self-evaluation and culture. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 35, 512-559.
- Jones, J. T., Pelham, B. W., Carvallo, M., & Mirenberg, M. C. (2004). How do I love thee? Let me count the Js: Implicit egotism and interpersonal attraction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87(5), 665-683.
- Jones, J. T., Pelham, B. W., Mirenberg, M. C., & Hetts, J. J. (2002). Name letter preferences are not merely mere exposure: Implicit egotism as self-regulation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 170-177.
- Pelham, B. W. (1995). Self-investment and self-esteem: Evidence for a Jamesian model of self-worth. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 1141-1150.
- Pelham, B.W., & Carvallo, M.R. (2015). When Tex and Tess Carpenter build houses in Texas: Moderators of implicit egotism. Self and Identity, 14, 692-723. [Winner of the 2017 SPSP Robert Cialdini Award]
- Pelham, B. W., & Hetts, J. J. (2002). Underworked and overpaid: Elevated entitlement in men's self-pay. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Pelham, B. W., Mirenberg, M. C., & Jones, J. K. (2002). Why Susie sells seashells by the seashore: Implicit egotism and major life decisions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 469-487.
- Pelham, B. W., & Neter, E. (1995). The effect of motivation on judgment depends on the difficulty of the judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68, 581-594.
- Pelham, B.W., Shimizu, M., Carvallo, M.R., Arndt, J., Greenberg, J., & Solomon, S. (2018). Searching for God: Weekly search volume for major illnesses in Google predicts changes in Google search volume for religious content in 16 nations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 290-303.
- Pelham, B. W., Sumarta, T. T., & Myaskovsky, L. (1994). The easy path from many to much: The numerosity heuristic. Cognitive Psychology, 26, 103-133.
- Pelham, B. W., & Wachsmuth, J. O. (1995). The waxing and waning of the social self: Assimilation and contrast in social comparison. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 825-838.
- Hetts, J. J., & Pelham, B. W. (2002). Non-conscious aspects of the self-concept. In G. Moscowitz (Ed.), Cognitive social psychology: The Princeton symposium. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Koole, S. L., & Pelham, B. W. (in press). On the nature of implicit self-esteem: The case of the name letter effect. To appear in S. Spencer, S. Fein, & M. Zanna (Eds.), Motivated Social Perception: The Ninth Ontario Symposium.
- Experimental Research Methods
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introductory Social Psychology
- Medieval Spanish Organic Biochemistry for Beginners
- Person Perception and Stereotypes
- Psychological Statistics
- Research Methods in Social Psychology
- Social Cognition
- Social Cognition (Graduate)
- Social Psychology (Graduate)
- Social Psychology in Film
- The Self-Concept
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