Dolores Albarracin

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Division: Social/Personality

Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

Questions that guide my current research include:

1. How can we persuade others to engage in socially beneficial behaviors? Under what conditions do changes in attitudes predict behavior? How do attitudes change over time, and what role does memory play (e.g. sleeper effects)? When do we seek out information that is likely to confirm vs. challenge prior attitudes? How doe attitudes become automatic and what brain activity supports this automation?

2. How is action structured and socially conditioned? Do action goals promote changes in attitudes and behavioral routines? Do people engage in behavior for the sake of being active, and what are the potential consequences of this tendency in the context of psychopathology (e.g. ADHD, bipolar disorder)? What are the brain functional patterns underlying these tendencies? Do these tendencies vary across cultures?

3. Does the grammatical and syntactic structure of our thoughts influence our overt behavior? Under what conditions do randomly strung thoughts acquire coherence?

4. How can we use the psychology of social cognition, attitudes, and motivation for health promotion? What types of campaigns and interventions work for different groups?

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Dr. Albarracin will be admitting new students for the 2016-2017 academic year.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Psych 352
  • Psych 552
  • Psych 558
  • Psych 593
  • Psych 201
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Facilities Information

Psychology Bldg Roof Project: Re-roofing

The roofing project is almost complete! There are only a few minor details on the roof that have to be worked on. The fence next to the building should disappear in a couple of days, and that side area will have new grass. The new bicycle racks will be installed some time in October.