Eugene M. Caruso studies social judgment, group decision-making and negotiation, egocentrism, perspective-taking, and ethics. His teaching interests include decision-making, social psychology, negotiation, and research methodology. Caruso has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self."
His published work includes "The Costs and Benefits of Undoing Egocentric Responsibility Assessments in Groups" and "When Perspective Taking Increases Taking: Reactive Egoism in Social Interaction," both written with N. Epley and M. H. Bazerman and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as "A Wrinkle in Time: Asymmetric Valuation of Past and Future Events," written with D. T. Gilbert and T. D. Wilson and published in Psychological Science.
He is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Caruso is also an ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Caruso has received numerous accolades, including a Harvard University Graduate Student Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Student Travel Award, and a nomination for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for dedication to the educational experience of Harvard undergraduates.
Caruso earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in psychology from Princeton University with a Certificate in cognitive studies in 1998. He earned a master's degree in 2004 and a PhD in 2007 in social psychology from Harvard University.
Hockey, tennis, language.
Judgment and decision making; heuristics and biases; negotiation; egocentrism; perspective taking; time; ethics.
Caruso, E. M., Gilbert, D. T., & Wilson, T. D. (2009).
A wrinkle in time: Asymmetric valuation of past and future events. Psychological Science, 19, 796-801.
Caruso, E. M., Rahnev, D. A., & Banaji, M. R. (2009).
Using conjoint analysis to detect discrimination: Revealing covert preferences from overt choices. Social Cognition, 27, 128-137.
Caruso, E. M., Epley, N., & Bazerman, M. H. (2006).
The costs and benefits of undoing egocentric responsibility assessments in groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 857-871.
Epley, N., Caruso, E. M., & Bazerman, M. H. (2006).
When perspective taking increases taking: Reactive Egoism in social interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 872-889.
Epley, N., & Caruso, E. M. (2004).
Egocentric ethics. Social Justice Research, 17, 171-187.
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