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Leigh Ann Vaughn

Leigh Ann Vaughn

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My research is about how people make sense of their internal states, and how that process affects their motivation and social judgments. For example, my students and I have found that feelings associated with regulatory fit (congruence between strategies of goal pursuit and one's regulatory focus) can increase or decrease motivation, depending on one's decision rules for stopping a task. We currently have several lines of research on how regulatory focus, processing fluency, and/or mood can have context-dependent effects on thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Klein, R. A., Ratliff, K. A., Vianello, M., Adams, R. B., Jr., Bahník, Š., Bernstein, M. J., Bocian, K., Brandt, M. J., Brooks, B., Brumbaugh, C. C., Cemalcilar, Z., Chandler, J., Cheong, W., Davis, W. E., Devos, T., Eisner, M., Frankowska, N., Furrow, D., Galliani, E. M., Hasselman, F., Hicks, J. A., Hovermale, J. F., Hunt, S. J., Huntsinger, J. R., IJzerman, H., John, M., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Kappes, H. B., Krueger, L. E., Kurtz, J., Levitan, C. A., Mallett, R., Morris, W. L., Nelson, A. J., Nier, J. A., Packard, G., Pilati, R., Rutchick, A. M., Schmidt, K., Skorinko, J. L., Smith, R., Steiner, T. G., Storbeck, J., Van Swol, L. M., Thompson, D., van’t Veer, A., Vaughn, L. A., Vranka, M., Wichman, A., Woodzicka, J. A., & Nosek, B. A. (2014). Investigating variation in replicability: A “many labs” replication project. Social Psychology, 45, 142–152.
  • Vaughn, L. A., O'Rourke, T., Schwartz, S., Malik, J., Petkova, Z., & Trudeau, L. (2006). When two wrongs can make a right: Regulatory nonfit, bias, and correction of judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 654-661.
  • Blanchard, F. A., Lilly, T., & Vaughn, L. A. (1991). Reducing the expression of racial prejudice. Psychological Science, 2, 111-115.
  • Blanchard, F. A., Crandall, C., Brigham, J., & Vaughn, L. A. (1994). Condemning and condoning racism: A social context approach to interracial settings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 79, 993-997.
  • Weary, G., Vaughn, L. A., Stewart, B. L., & Edwards, J. E. (2006). Adjusting for the correspondence bias: Effects of causal uncertainty, cognitive busyness, and causal strength of situational information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 87-94.
  • Vaughn, L. A., & Weary, G. (2002). Roles of the availability of explanations, feelings of difficulty, and dysphoria in judgments about the future. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 21, 686-704.
  • Vaughn, L. A., & Weary, G. (2003). Causal uncertainty and correction of judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 516-524.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Dubovi, A. S., & Niño, N. P. (2013). Processing fluency affects behavior more strongly among people higher in trait mindfulness. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 782–788.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Malik, J., Schwartz, S., Petkova, Z., & Trudeau, L. (2006). Regulatory fit as input for stop rules. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 601-611.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Hesse, S. J., Petkova, Z., & Trudeau, L. (2009). “This story is right on”: The impact of regulatory fit on narrative engagement and persuasion. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 447-456.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Harkness, A. R., & Clark, E. K. (2010). The effect of incidental experiences of regulatory fit on trust. Personal Relationships, 17, 57-69.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Childs, K. E., Maschinski, C., Niño, N. P., & Ellsworth, R. (2010). Regulatory fit, processing fluency, and narrative persuasion. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 1181-1192.
  • Vaughn, L. A., Baumann, J., & Klemann, C. (2008). Openness to experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fit. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 886-894.
  • Vaughn, L. A. (1999). Effects of uncertainty on use of the availability heuristic for self-efficacy judgments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 29, 407-410.
  • Weary, G., Jacobson, J., & Vaughn, L. A. (1999). I-D compensation theory and the causal uncertainty model: Related models of self-control? Psychological Inquiry, 10, 251-253.

Other Publications:

  • Vaughn, L. A. (2010). Regulatory fit and persuasion through advocacy messages and narratives [Monograph]. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.
  • Schwarz, N., & Vaughn, L. A. (2002). The availability heuristic revisited: Ease of recall and content of recall as distinct sources of information. In T. Gilovich, D. Griffin, & D. Kahneman (Eds.), Current perspectives on judgment under uncertainty (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blanchard, F. A., Lilly, T., & Vaughn, L. A. (2003). Reducing the expression of racial prejudice. In S. Plous (Ed.), Understanding prejudice and discrimination (pp. 467-473). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Courses Taught:

  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar: Social Cognition
  • Social Judgment Research Team
  • Social Psychology

Leigh Ann Vaughn
Department of Psychology
1119 Williams Hall
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York 14805
United States

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