Larisa Hussak

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Division: Developmental


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  • system justification
  • political conservatism
  • social cognition
  • heuristic processing
  • stereotyping & gender gaps

Research Description

Currently, my research explores how children and adults acquire beliefs that support and defend their sociopolitical systems. Specifically, I am interested in how the attributions people make regarding prevailing social patterns contribute to their evaluations of such patterns, and the society in which they are contained.

More broadly, I am interested in the cognitive influences on social behavior, and how these influences manifest themselves throughout development.


  • B.A., The University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Illinois


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2016
  • Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development, 2013-2014


Journal Articles

  • Hussak, Larisa J., and Andrei Cimpian. "An early-emerging explanatory heuristic promotes support for the status quo." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 109.5 (2015): 739-752.
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Facilities Information

Accessibility in the Psychology Bldg

The project in the west basement corridor is to upgrade the accessibility to Room 23 with powered doors to allow proper ADA access. The next goal is to upgrade the accessibility to the Atrium and Room 142!