Research

My research directions can be summarized in terms of three overlapping areas: cultural influences on cognition, individual judgment and decision making, and negotiation and conflict resolution.

 

 
 


  
Cultural Influence 
The question of how cultural traditions shape individuals’ thinking consumes most of my research energy. I have studied differences between East Asian and Western response tendencies in the domain of causal attributions, as mentioned, and also in the domains of conflict resolution decisions (Morris & Fu, 2000; Morris, Williams, et al., 1998) and justice judgments (Leung, Su, Morris, 1999; Morris & Leung, 1999; Morris, Leung, Ames, & Lickel, 1999).  However, more than documenting patterns of cultural difference, my goal is to advance a constructivist understanding of how cultural traditions influence individual judgments and decisions.


Judgment and Decision Making
A central interest is everyday causal attributions, which lies at the core of how people solve problems, manage each other, and learn from experience.


Negotiation and Conflict
Social psychological dynamics are nowhere more directly consequential than in negotiations.  Perceptions of other parties spur judgments and emotions which shape strategic decisions and, ultimately, influence material outcomes and ongoing relationships.