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Ed Hirt

Ed Hirt

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Professor Hirt has research interests in a variety of areas, including: reconstructive memory; social cognition and social judgment; self-protective strategies, particularly self- handicapping and the substitutability of different self-protective strategies; hypothesis testing and information seeking; affect and cognition, particularly the relationship between mood and intrinsic interest and creativity; social identity and allegiance, particularly sports fanship.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • McCrea, S. M., Hirt, E. R., & Milner, B. J. (2008). She works hard for the money: Valuing effort underlies gender differences in self-handicapping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 292-231.
  • Kardes, F. R., Fenis, B. M., Hirt, E. R., Tormala, Z. L., & Bullington, B. (2007). The role of the need for cognitive closure in the effectiveness of the disrupt-then-reframe influence technique. Journal of Consumer Research, 34, 377-385.
  • Hirt, E. R., Kardes, F. R., & Markman, K. D. (2004). Activating a mental simulation mindset through generation of alternatives: Implications for debiasing in related and unrelated domains. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 374-383.
  • Hirt, E. R., McCrea, S. M., & Boris, H. I. (2003). “I know you self-handicapped last exam:” Gender differences in reactions to self-handicapping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 177-193.
  • Hirt, E. R., McCrea, S. M., & Kimble, C. E. (2000). Public self-focus and sex differences in behavioral self-handicapping: Does increasing self-threat still make it "just a man's game?" Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 1131-1141.
  • Hirt, E. R., Devers, E., & McCrea, S. M. (2008). I want to be creative: Exploring the role of hedonic contingency theory in the positive mood-cognitive flexibility link. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, 94(2), 214-230.
  • McDonald, H. E., & Hirt, E. R. (1997). When expectancy meets desire: Motivational effects in reconstructive memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 5-23.
  • Hirt, E. R., Levine, G. M., McDonald, H. E., Melton, R. J., & Martin, L. L. (1997). The role of mood in quantitative and qualitative aspects of performance: Single or multiple mechanisms? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 33, 602-629.
  • Hirt, E. R., Zillmann, D., Erikson, G. A., & Kennedy, C. (1992). Costs and benefits of allegiance: Changes in fans' self-ascribed competencies after team victory versus defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 724-738.

Other Publications:

  • Hirt, E. R., & McCrea, S. M. (2002). Positioning self-handicapping within the self-zoo: Exactly what kind of animal is it? In J. P. Forgas & K. D. Williams (Eds.), The social self: Cognitive, interpersonal, and intergroup perspectives.(pp. 97-120). Philadelphia: Psychology Press.

Ed Hirt
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
1101 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7007
United States

  • Phone: (812) 855-4815
  • Fax: (812) 855-4691

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