Faculty & Research

Nicholas Epley

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science

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Chicago, IL 60637

Nicholas Epley conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. "Most people are intuitive psychologists in their daily lives - wondering why people think or behave as they do. I just happened to find a profession that enables me to answer these questions for a living," explains Epley.

His research has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Psychological Review, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His research also has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association. He is the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.

Epley received a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy in 1996 from Saint Olaf College. In 2001, he graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in psychology, where he earned a Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology as well as a Cornell University Teaching Fellowship. Epley became an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005. He hopes that his students gain an appreciation for the power of scientific methodologies to provide accurate knowledge about the determinants of human thought and behavior.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
38001 Managing in Organizations 2015 (Winter)
38811 Essentials of Effective Leadership 2015 (Summer)
38870 Designing a Good Life 2015 (Summer)
38914 Foundations of Social Psychology 2015 (Spring)

Other Interests

Family, hiking, fishing, gardening.


Research Activities

Experimental study of social cognition; perspective taking; and intuitive human judgment.

Epley, N., & Waytz, A. (2009).

Mind Perception. In S.T. Fiske, D.T. Gilbert, & G. Lindsay, (Eds.), The Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed., Vol I., pp. 498-541).

New York: Wiley. Epley, N., Waytz, A., Akalis, S., & Cacioppo, J.T. (2008).

Creating social connection through inferential reproduction: Loneliness and perceived agency in gadgets, gods, and greyhounds. Psychological Science, 19, 114-120. Epley, N., Waytz, A., & Cacioppo, J.T. (2008).

On seeing human: A three-factor theory of anthropomorphism. Psychological Review, 114, 864-886. 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., Keysar, B., Van Boven, L., & Gilovich, T. (2004).

Perspective taking as egocentric anchoring and adjustment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.