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Jesse Preston

Jesse Preston

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My research focuses primarily on the psychology of religion, with interests in causal thinking and explanation, perception of agency in self and others, and moral cognition.

I received my B.A. (honours) in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg in 1999, and my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University in 2005 . From 2005-2007, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, with fellowship support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada . Since 2007, I have been an assistant professor at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Preston, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2009). Elbow grease: When action feels like work. In E. Morsella, J. A. Bargh, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), The psychology of action (Vol. 2, pp. 569-586). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Preston, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2005). Ideal agency: The perception of self as an origin of action. In A. Tesser, J. Wood, & D. Stapel (Eds.), On building, defending, and regulating the self (pp. 103-125). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Research Methods in Social Psychology

Jesse Preston
Berkeley, California 94720
United States

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