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Victor Ottati

Victor Ottati

My research activities include interdisciplinary work in political psychology, communication, and cross-cultural psychology as well as basic psychological research in social cognition and attitudes. In exploring these issues, I have adopted an information processing approach that incorporates the role of affect and nonverbal cues (e.g., a candidate's facial expression) into an overall model of social judgment and decision making (Iyengar & Ottati, 1994; Ottati & Wyer, 1990, 1993; Wyer & Ottati, 1993).

I am involved in a variety of programs of research. These include (1) processing style in political attitude formation tasks, (2) the unique role of episodic affect as a determinant of political attitudes, (3) persuasive communication, (4) metaphor and communication, (5) the distinction between corrected and uncorrected social judgments, (6)communication and stigma reduction, (7) cross-cultural and basic research concerning stereotypes and perceived group variability,(8) cross-cultural research on subjective culture, and (9) unconscious evaluation.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Communication, Language
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Lee, Y., & Ottati, V. (1995). Perceived in-group homogeneity as a function of group membership salience and stereotype threat. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 21, 612-621.
  • Ottati, V., Graesser, A., & Rhoads, S. (1999). The effect of metaphor on processing style in a persuasion task: A motivational resonance model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 688-697.
  • Ottati, V., & Isbell, L. (1996). Effects of mood during exposure to target information onsubsequently reported judgments: An on-line model of misattribution and correction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 39-53.
  • Ottati, V., Terkildsen, N., & Hubbard, C. (1997). Happy faces elicit heuristic processing in a televised impression formation task: A cognitive tuning account. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1144-1156.

Other Publications:

  • Ottati, V. (2001). The psychological determinants of political judgment. In A. Tesser & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Intraindividual Processes (615-634), Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Ottati, V., Bodenhausen, G., Newman, L. (2005). Social psychological models of mental illness stigma. In P. Corrigan, P. (Ed.), On the stigma of mental illness: Practical strategies for research and social Change (99-128). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Ottati, V., Edwards, J., Krumdick, N. (2005). Attitudes and attitude change: Intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary applications. In D. Albarracin, B.T. Johnson, & M.P. Zanna (Eds.), The handbook of attitudes (707-742). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Attitudes and Persuasive Communication
  • Cognitive Social Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Decision Making
  • Mass Communication and Politics
  • Personality Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Voting Behavior

Victor Ottati
Department of Psychology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States of America

  • Phone: (773) 508-3024

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