Larisa Hussak

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Program Area: 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, L. J., and A. 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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All-Gender ADA Accessible Restroom

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