Graduate Students

Jonathon McPhetres


Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2015-2016
Faculty Mentor(s): Miron Zuckerman

498A Meliora Hall
(585) 275-9274
Fax: (585) 273-1100
jmcphetr@ur.rochester.edu

Research Overview

I study the cognitive foundations of religious belief and disbelief. While I am interested in why some people believe in gods and others don't, I am more interested in how religious beliefs influence our everyday lives when searching for information and solving problems. I am also interested in dual-processing theories, morality, and the public perception of science and science education.

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations

  • McPhetres, J. (2015, October) Moral decision-making in theists and non-theists. Paper to be presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion: Newport Beach, CA.
  • McPhetres, J., & Hughes, J. S. (2015, April). Compartmentalization and religious thought. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference. Compartmentalization and religious thought. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference: Wichita, KS.
  • McPhetres, J., & Hughes, J. S. (2015, February). When are juveniles to blame? Investigating the impact of dispositional factors on punishment severity and perceptions of rehabilitation likelihood. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Pre-Conference: Long Beach, CA.
  • McPhetres, J., & Hughes, J. S. (2014, October). The difficulty of disbelief: Confirmation bias and religiosity. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Indianapolis, IN.
  • McPhetres, J., & Hughes, J. S. (2014, April). Effects of Previous Experiences on Beliefs About Mental Illness. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association: San Antonio, TX.

Manuscripts under review or in presentation

  • McPhetres, J., & Hughes, J. S. (Under review). The role of cognitive style in belief importance: Expanding the dual-process account of religious belief and disbelief. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Hughes, J. S., & McPhetres, J. (under review). The Influence of Psychosocial Immaturity Information on Attributions About Juvenile Offenders. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Hughes, J. S., & McPhetres, J. (Under review). Explaining inconsistencies in attributions about juvenile offenders: Psychosocial maturation and dispositional inferences affect judgments. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant: Theory of Personality and Psychotherapy (Fall, 2015)
  • Introduction to Psychology: University of Texas (2014)
  • Foundations of Multicultural Diversity: University of Texas (2014)

Additional Information

M.A. Experimental Psychology - University of Texas, Permian Basin (2014)
B.A. English - University of Texas, Permian Basin, (2007)