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Professor Bill von Hippel
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Professor Bill von Hippel

BA Yale University
PhD University of Michigan

Professional Activities:

Editorial Board:

JESP, PSPB, SPPS, Social Cognition, Psychological Science

Current Grants:

"Overconfidence as an interpersonal strategy in negotiation and competition." Australian Research Council, von Hippel, W., Page, L., Trivers, R., & Ke, C.

 “The role of implicit identity and implicit beliefs in recovery from mental illness.” Australian Research Council; von Hippel, C., Brener, L., von Hippel, W., & Rose, G.

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Professor Bill von Hippel
Research Activities:

Evolutionary Psychology, Social Intelligence, Implicit Attitudes


Representative Publications:

Laham, S. M., Gonsalkorale, K., & von Hippel, W. (2005). Darwinian grandparenting: Preferential investment in more certain kin. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 63-72. (View)

von Hippel, W., & Dunlop, S. M. (2005). Aging, inhibition, and social inappropriateness. Psychology and Aging, 20, 519-523. (View)

von Hippel, W., & Gonsalkorale, K. (2005). “That is bloody revolting!” Inhibitory control of thoughts better left unsaid. Psychological Science, 16, 497-500. (View).

von Hippel, W., Lakin, J. L., & Shakarchi, R. J. (2005). Individual differences in motivated social cognition: The case of self-serving information processing. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1347-1357. (View).

von Hippel, W., von Hippel, C., Conway, L., Preacher, K. J., Schooler, J. W., & Radvansky, G. A. (2005). Coping with stereotype threat: Denial as an impression management strategy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 22-35. (View).

von Hippel, W., von Hippel, F. A., Chan, N., & Cheng, C. (2005). Exploring the use of Viagra in place of animal and plant potency products in traditional Chinese medicine. Environmental Conservation, 32, 235-238. (View).

Robinson, M. D., & von Hippel, W. (2006). Rose-colored priming effects: Life satisfaction and affective priming. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1, 187-197. (View).

Brener, L., von Hippel, W., & Kippax, S. (2007). Health care workers and discrimination towards injecting drug users with hepatitis C: Does greater contact lead to less prejudice? International Journal of Drug Policy, 18, 381-387. (View).

Forgas, J. P., Haselton, M., & von Hippel, W. (Eds.), (2007). The evolution of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and social cognition. New York: Psychology Press.

von Hippel, W. (2007). Aging, executive functioning, and social control. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 240-244. (View).

von Hippel, W., Brener, L., & von Hippel, C. (2008). Implicit prejudice toward injecting drug users predicts intentions to change jobs among drug and alcohol nurses. Psychological Science, 19, 7-11. (View).

von Hippel, W., Henry, J. D., & Matovic, D. (2008). Aging and social satisfaction: Offsetting positive and negative effects. Psychology and Aging, 23, 435-439. (View).

von Hippel, W., Vasey, M. W., Gonda, T., & Stern, T. (2008). Executive function deficits, rumination and late-onset depressive symptoms in older adults. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 474-487. (View).

Donohoe, M. L., von Hippel, W., & Brooks, R. C. (2009). Beyond waist-hip ratio: Experimental multivariate evidence that average female torsos are most attractive. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 716-721.

Gonsalkorale, K., von Hippel, W., Sherman, J. W., & Klauer, K. C. (2009). Bias and regulation of bias in intergroup interactions: Implicit attitudes toward Muslims and interaction quality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 161-166. (View).

Henry, J. D., von Hippel, W., & Baynes, K. (2009). Social inappropriateness, executive control, and aging. Psychology and Aging, 24, 239-244. (View).

Logel, C., Walton, G. M., Spencer, S., Iserman, E., von Hippel, W., & Bell, A.  (2009). Interacting with sexist men triggers social identity threat among female engineers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1089-1103. (View).

Radvansky, G. A., Lynchard, N., A., & von Hippel, W. (2009). Aging and stereotype suppression. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 22-32.

Stewart, B. D., von Hippel, W., & Radvansky, G. A. (2009). Age, race, and implicit prejudice: Using process dissociation to separate the underlying components. Psychological Science, 20, 164-168. (View).

von Hippel, W., Ng, L., Abbott, L., Caldwell, S., Gill, G., & Powell, K. (2009). Executive functioning and gambling: Performance on the Trail Making Test is associated with gambling problems in older adult gamblers. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 654-670. (View)

Brener, L., von Hippel, W., Kippax, S., & Preacher, K. J. (2010). The role of physician and nurse attitudes in the health care of injecting drug users. Substance Use and Misuse, 45, 1007-1018.

Brener, L., von Hippel, W., von Hippel, C., Resnick, I., & Treloar, C. (2010). Perceptions of discriminatory treatment by staff as predictors of drug treatment completion. Drug and Alcohol Review, 29, 491-497.

Denson, T. F., von Hippel, W., Kemp, R. I., & Teo, L. S. (2010). Glucose consumption decreases impulsive aggression in response to provocation in aggressive individuals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1023-1028.

Radvansky, G. A., Copeland, D. E., & von Hippel, W. (2010). Stereotype activation, inhibition, and aging. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 51-60.

Ronay, R. & von Hippel, W. (2010). Power, testosterone, and risk-taking. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 23, 473-482. (View).

Ronay, R. & von Hippel, W. (2010). The presence of an attractive woman elevates testosterone and physical risk-taking in young men. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 57-64. (View)

Unkelbach, C., von Hippel, W., Forgas, J. P., Robinson, M. D., Shakarchi, R. J., & Hawkins, C. (2010). Good things come easy: Subjective exposure frequency and the faster processing of positive information. Social Cognition, 28, 539-556.

von Hippel, W. (2010). Performance sapped by stereotypes. Book Review of C. M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: And other clues to how stereotypes affect us. Science, 329, 1469-1470.

von Hippel, W., & Henry, J. D. (2011). Aging and self-regulation. In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications (2nd Ed). NY: Guilford.

von Hippel, W. & Trivers, R. (2011). The evolution and psychology of self-deception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34, 1-56. (View)

McCarrey, A. C., Henry, J. D., von Hippel, W., Weidemann, G., Sachdev, P. S., Wohl, M. J. A., & Williams, M. (2012). Age differences in neural activity during slot machine gambling: An fMRI study. PLOS ONE, 7, e49787

Henry, J. D., von Hippel, W., Thompson, C., Pulford, P., Sachdev, P, & Brodaty, H. (2012). Social behavior in mild cognitive impairment and early dementia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 806-813.

Denson, T. F., Jacobson, M., von Hippel, W., Kemp, R. I., & Mak, T. (2012). Caffeine expectancies but not caffeine reduce depletion-induced aggression. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 140-144.

Brener, L., von Hippel, W., & von Hippel, C. (2012). Exploring the relationship between implicit self-representation and drug use. Addiction Research and Theory, 20, 133-137.

Gonsalkorale, K., & von Hippel, W. (2012). Intergroup relations in the 21st century: Ingroup positivity and outgroup negativity among members of an internet hate group. In R. Kramer, G. Leonardelli, & R. Livingston (Eds.), Social Cognition, Social Identity, and Intergroup Relations: Festschrift in honor of Marilynn Brewer. Boston: Taylor & Francis.

von Hippel, W., & Henry, J. D. (2012). Social cognitive aging. In S. Fiske & C. N. Macrae (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Cognition. London: Sage.

Denson, T.F., Ronay, R., von Hippel, W., & Schira, M.M. (2013). Endogenous testosterone and cortisol modulate neural responses during induced anger control. Social Neuroscience, 8, 165-177.

Galperin, A., Haselton, M. G., Frederick, D. A., Poore, J., von Hippel, W., Buss, D. M., & Gonzaga, G. C. (2013). Sexual regret: Evidence for evolved sex differences. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1145-1161.

Lee, A., Dubbs, S., Kelly, A., von Hippel, W., Brooks, R., & Zietsch, B. (2013). Facial attributes, but not intelligence, are used as cues of health and resource provision potential. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 779-787.

Denson, T. F., Dobson-Stone, C., Ronay, R., von Hippel, W., & Schira, M. M. (2014). A functional polymorphism of the MAOA gene is associated with neural responses to induced anger control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1418-1427.

Guerrettaz, J., Chang, L-C., von Hippel, W., Carroll, P.J., & Arkin, R.M. (2014). Self-concept clarity: Buffering the impact of self-evaluative information. Individual Differences Research, 12, 180-190.

Kalokerinos, E.K., von Hippel, W., Henry, J. D., & Trivers, R. (2014). The aging positivity effect and immune functioning: Positivity in recall predicts higher CD4 counts and lower CD4 activation. Psychology and Aging, 29, 636-641.

Lee, A.J., Dubbs, S.L., von Hippel, W., Brooks, R.C., & Zietsch, B.P. (2014). A multivariate approach to human mate preferences. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 193-203.

Murphy, S. C., von Hippel, W., Dubbs, S. L., Angilletta Jr., M. J., Wilson, R. S., Trivers, R., & Barlow, F. K. (2015). The role of overconfidence in romantic desirability and competition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1036-1052.

Ronay, R., & von Hippel, W. (2015). Sensitivity to changing contingencies predicts social success. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 23-30.

Wolff, N., von Hippel, C., Brener, L., & von Hippel, W. (2015). Implicit identification with drug and alcohol use predicts retention in residential rehabilitation programs. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 136-141.

Ziaei, M., von Hippel, W., Henry, J.D., & Becker, S.I. (2015) Are age effects in positivity influenced by the valence of distractors? PLoS ONE, 10(9): e0137604. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137604

Henry, J. D., von Hippel, W., Molenberghs, P., Lee, T., & Sachdev, P. (2016). The clinical assessment of social cognitive function. Nature Reviews Neurology, 12, 28-39.

McIntyre, J., von Hippel, W., & Barlow, F. K. (2016). Self-regulation and power: How self-regulatory failures can enhance social power. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 41-49.

von Hippel, W., Baker, E., Wilson, R. S., Brin, L., & Page, L. (2016). Detecting deceptive behaviour after the fact. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 195-205.

von Hippel, W., Ronay, R., Baker, E., Kjelsaas, K., & Murphy, S. C. (2016). Quick thinkers are smooth talkers: Mental speed facilitates charisma. Psychological Science, 27, 119-122.

Gautam, S. R., Bulley, A., von Hippel, W., & Suddendorf, T. (in press). Affective forecasting bias in preschool children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Henry, J. D., von Hippel, W., Nangle, M. R., & Waters, M. (in press). Age and the experience of strong self-conscious emotion. Aging and Mental Health.

Murray, D. R., Murphy, S. C., von Hippel, W., Trivers, R., & Haselton, M. G. (in press). A preregistered study of competing predictions suggests that men do overestimate women’s sexual intent. Psychological Science.

Murphy, S. C., Barlow, F. K., & von Hippel, W. (in press). A longitudinal test of three theories of overconfidence. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Smith, M. K., Trivers, R., & von Hippel, W. (in press). Self-deception facilitates interpersonal persuasion. Journal of Economic Psychology.

von Hippel, W. (in press). Evolutionary psychology and global security. Science & Global Security.

Ziaei, M., Burianová, H., von Hippel, W., Ebner, N. C., Phillips, L. H., & Henry, J. D. (in press). The impact of aging on the neural networks involved in gaze and emotional processing. Neurobiology of Aging.

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Professor Bill von Hippel
Social psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychology and ageing.
Social psychology, Evolutionary psychology
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC2063 - Psychological Approaches
  • Semester 2, 2017
    PSYC3032 - Topics in Social Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC2063 - Psychological Approaches
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC2063 - Psychological Approaches
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC2063 - Psychological Approaches
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC2063 - Psychological Approaches
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC3032 - Topics in Social Psychology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Social Psychology

I am interested in evolutionary social cognition. We are conducting a variety of projects on self-deception, overconfidence, and social intelligence.

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