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Miron Zuckerman

  • Professor of Psychology

PhD, Harvard University, 1972

431 Meliora Hall

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Overview

Professor Zuckerman will not be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Professor Zuckerman works on topics related to psychology of religion and social cognition. However, he is open to interesting ideas and potential work in just about any domain of psychological research.

Regarding the psychology of religion, Professor Zuckerman focuses on the concept of religion as an exchange system in which humans do their religious duties and, in return, God "provides and befriends". This concept has various implications for both inter- and intra-individual variations in religiosity that can be investigated empirically.

In the realm of social cognition, Professor Zuckerman works on questions related to models of dual-processing (the analytic-intuitive distinction) and biases affecting judgements under conditions of uncertainity.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • PSYC 504:  Data Analysis I
  • PSYC 520:  Psychology of Religion
  • PSYC 549:  Psychology of Dual Processing
  • PSYC 551:  Social Cognition
  • PSYC 568:  Psychology of Health

Selected Publications

*denotes a graduate student

  • *Li, C., Zuckerman, M., & Diener. E. (2021). Culture moderates the relation between gender inequality and subjective well-being. Psychological Science
  • *McPhetres, I., Jong, J., & Zuckerman. M. (2020). Religious Americans have less positive attitudes towards science, but this does not extend to other cultures. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 12, 528536
  • Zuckerman, M, *Li, C., & Hall, J. A. 2020. The negative intelligence-religiosity relation: New and confirming evidence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 46,856-868.
  • *Li, C., Zuckerman, M., & Diener, E. 2020. Culture moderates the relation between income inequality and subjective well-being. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology. 50,1222-1241.
  • *McPhetres, M., & Zuckerman, M. (2018). Religiosity predicts negative attitudes toward science and lower levels of science literacy. Plos One.
  • *McPhetres, M., Conway, P., Hughes, J. S., & Zuckerman, M. (2018). Reflecting on God's will: Reflective processing contributes to religious people's deontological dilemma responses. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 301-304.
  • Zuckerman, M., *Li, C., & Diener, E. F. (2018). Religion as an exchange system: The interchangeability of God and Government in a provider role. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1201-1213.
  • *McPhetres, J., & Zuckerman, M. (2017). Religious people endorse different standards of evidence when evaluating religious versus scientific claims. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 1-7.