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Kenneth Savitsky

Kenneth Savitsky

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My research interests include egocentric biases in social judgment; counterfactual thinking and the psychology of "coming close"; self-insight and self-presentation; health-related decision making; and the psychology of superstition and belief in the paranormal.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Epley, N., Savitsky, K., & Gilovich, T. (2002). Empathy neglect: Reconciling the spotlight effect and the correspondence bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 300-312.
  • Gilovich, T., Medvec, V. H., & Savitsky, K. (2000). The spotlight effect in social judgment: An egocentric bias in estimates of the salience of one's own actions and appearance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 211-222.
  • Gilovich, T., & Savitsky, K. (1999). The spotlight effect and the illusion of transparency: Egocentric assessments of how we're seen by others. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8, 165-168.
  • Gilovich, T., Savitsky, K., & Medvec, V. H. (1998). The illusion of transparency: Biased assessments of others' ability to read our emotional states. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 332-346.
  • Medvec, V. H., & Savitsky, K. (1997). When doing better means feeling worse: The effects of categorical cutoff points on counterfactual thinking and satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 1284-1296.
  • Pronin, E., Kruger, J., Savitsky, K., & Ross, L. (2001). You don't know me, but I know you: Asymmetric assessment of insight into self and other. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 639-656.
  • Savitsky, K., Epley, N., & Gilovich, T. (2001). Do others judge us as harshly as we think? Overestimating the impact of our failures, shortcomings, and mishaps. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 44-56.
  • Savitsky, K., Gilovich, T., Berger, G., & Medvec, V. H. (2003). Is our absence as conspicuous as we think? Overestimating the salience and impact of one's absence from a group. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 386-392.
  • Savitsky, K., Medvec, V. H., Charlton, A. E., & Gilovich, T. (1998). "What, me worry?" Arousal, misattribution, and the effect of temporal distance on confidence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 529-536.
  • Savitsky, K., Medvec, V. H., & Gilovich, T. (1997). Remembering and regretting: The Zeigarnik effect and the cognitive availability of regrettable actions and inactions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 248-257.
  • Van Boven, L. D., Kruger, J., Savitsky, K., & Gilovich, T. (2000). When social worlds collide: Overconfidence in multiple audience problems Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 619-628.

Other Publications:

  • Gilovich, T., Kruger, J., & Savitsky, K. (1999). Everyday egocentrism and everyday interpersonal problems. In R. Kowalski & M. Leary (Eds.), The social psychology of emotional and behavioral problems: Interfaces of social and clinical psychology (pp. 69-95). Washington, DC: APA Books.

Courses Taught:

  • Egocentrism and Social Judgment
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Experimentation and Statistics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Issues
  • Social Psychology
  • The Self

Kenneth Savitsky
Department of Psychology
Bronfman Science Center, Room 389
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267
United States

  • Phone: (413) 597-2240, x3547
  • Fax: (413) 597-2085

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