DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo

Associate Professor

Contact Information:

Email: gonzalez(->AT<-)ohio.edu
Phone: 740-593-1095
233 Porter Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701


Research Area:
Social Judgment & Behavioral Decision Making

Specializations:
Quantitative - Cognitive

 Current CV

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how people make decisions as well as on the factors that affect people's judgments. I am primarily interested in choice behavior (preferences). My work on choice behavior uses a stochastic model that I developed to investigate how individuals make trade-offs among characteristics of the options to be selected. For example, many products may be described in terms of their quality and their price. Because typically higher quality also implies higher price, the decision will not be an easy one. How do individuals resolve the conflict inherit in choosing? What affects the consistency of decision-making? How do people perceive changes in attribute values as a function of the context? How does persuasion affect the evaluation of objects to determine a final choice? Some of the basic notions in this research program are also applied to consumer and medical decision-making situations. Current research is also exploring money-time tradeoffs, attitude changes and models of information updating, nutritional judgments and health. I am also very interested in construct validity and philosophy of science more generally. This interest has led me to question the role of unconscious processing as defined and tested by current psychological research.

Selected Publications

González-Vallejo, C., Stewart, T. R., Lassiter, D., & Weindhardt, J. M. (in press). How necessary is the unconscious as a predictive, explanatory, or prescriptive construct? Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Cheng, J., Lu, Y., Han, X., González-Vallejo, C., & Sui, N. (2012, August 13). Temporal Discounting in Heroin-Dependent Patients: No Sign Effect, Weaker Magnitude Effect, and the Relationship With Inhibitory Control. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029657.

González-Vallejo, C., Mullet, E., Muñoz Sastre, M. T., & Harman, J. L. An Examination of the Proportional Difference Model to Describe and Predict Health Decisions. (2012). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 118, 82-97.

Arkes, H. R., González Vallejo, C., Bonham, A. J., Kung, Y, & Bailey, N. (2010). Assessing the Merits and Faults of Holistic and Disaggregated Judgments, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 23, 250-270.

Bonham, A. & González-Vallejo, C. (2009). Assessment of Calibration for Reconstructed Eye Witness Memories. Acta Psychologica, 131, 34-52.

Lassiter, G. D., Lindberg, M. J., González-Vallejo, C., Bellezza, F. S., & Phillips, N. D. (2009) Why No Attention to Complex Decisions Yields “Optimal” Judgment: It’s Not What You (Unconsciously) Think, Psychological Science, 20, 671-675.

Reid, A. & González-Vallejo, C. (2009). Emotion as a tradeable quantity, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 22, 62-90.

González-Vallejo, C., Lassiter G.D., Bellezza, F.S., and Lindberg, M. (2008). “Save Angels Perhaps”: A Critical Examination of Unconscious Thought Theory and the Deliberation Without Attention Effect, Review of General Psychology, 12, 282-296.

Recent Grants

National Science Foundation, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program: Modeling the Underlying Dynamic Processes in Motivation and Decision Making: A Parsimonious Self-Regulatory Approach. (with Dr. Jeff Vancouver.) $408,060. August 2009-August 2012.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:
Introduction to Statistics, Tests and Measurements, Human Judgment and Decision Making

Graduate:
Multivariate Statistics I, Advanced Testing Principles, Judgment and Decision Making