Curriculum Vitae

David A. Pizarro


contact information

234 Uris Hall
Department of Psychology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
email: dap54@cornell.edu
phone: (607) 699-1327   

education

  • Ph.D. Yale University, May, 2002
  • M.Phil Yale University, December, 2000
  • M.S. Yale University, December, 1999
  • B.S. Pacific Union College May, 1997

employment

  • Associate Professor, Cornell University, February 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor, Cornell University, January 2006-January 2012
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine,   August 2002-August 2005

research funding

  • National Science Foundation (BCS 0827084/88/94), Co-PI’s: David DeSteno, Cynthia Breazeal, & Robert Frank, Dynamics of initial trust and cooperation: The role of embodied emotion cues. Funding Program: Human Social Dynamics Initiative September 2008 – August 2011; Total costs: $719,439.

honors and awards

  • Summer Fellow, Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), 2004
  • University Fellowship, Yale University 1997-2002

journal articles / chapters / articles for popular audiences 

  • listed and available for download here

presentations at professional meetings

  • Helion, C. & Pizarro, D.A. (2012). The Interplay Between Disgust Expression and Moral Judgment. Talk presented at 84th Annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • Pizarro, D.A., Inbar, Y., Iyer, R., & Haidt, J. (2012) Shedding light on the role of disgust in political orientation. Talk presented at 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Bartels, D., & Pizarro, D.A. (2012) Who’s a utilitarian? Talk presented at 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Pizarro, D.A. (2011) Disgust. Talk presented at the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Washington, D.C. 
  • Tannenbaum, D. & Pizarro, D.A. (2011). Character counts: Person-centered approaches to moral judgment and decision making. Symposium co-chair, 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Pizarro, D.A., Helzer, E., & Helion, C. (2011). How the desire to be morally good is shaped by the motivation to stay physically pure. Talk presented at 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Helion, C. Pizarro, D.A. & (2011). Suppress Yourself: Blocking Facial Expression of Disgust Reduces the Severity of Moral Judgment. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Helzer, E., Pizarro, D.A. & Goldstein, M. (2011). Intentions Precede Accidents: Evidence for an Intentionality Bias in Behavioral Encoding. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Inbar, Y., & Pizarro, D.A., (2010). Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Symposium co-chair, 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Gunaydin, G., & Pizarro, D.A. (2010). Poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Pizarro, D.A., (2010). Toward a person-centered approach to moral judgment, Justice and Morality Pre-conference, 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. 
  • Pizarro, D. A., & Inbar, Y. (2009). Shock and ewww: Purity, morality, and self-punishment. Talk presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.
  • Pizarro, D.A. & Inbar, Y. (2008) Grime and Punishment. Talk presented at the annual Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Sacramento, CA. 
  • Pizarro, D.A. (2008). Motivated Reasoning in the Political Domain. Talk presented at the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
  • Inbar, Y., Gilovich, T., Pizarro, D., & Ariely, D. (2008). Morality and masochism: Feeling guilt leads to physical self-punishment. Paper presented at the 80th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Pizarro D.A. (2008). Moral Responsibility for Acts vs. Agents. Talk presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.
  • Inbar, Y., & Pizarro, D. (2007). Disgusting politics: Linking disgust sensitivity and sociomoral conservatism. Paper presented at the 79th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Pizarro D.A. (2007). Disgusting Politics. Talk presented at the 9th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.
  • Pizarro, D.A. (2007)  Moral Responsibility for Acts vs. Agents. Talk presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, York University, Toronto, CA. 
  • Pizarro, D.A., & Inbar, Y. (2006). Disgusting Politics. Talk presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Atlanta, GA.
  • Pizarro, D.A., Uhlmann, E., Tannenbaum, D., & Ditto, P.H. (2006) Motivated Reasoning about Moral Principles. Talk presented at the Annual Society for Judgment and Decision Making conference, Houston, TX. 
  • Pizarro, D.A., Laney, C., Morris, E.K., & Loftus, E.F. (2005). Ripple Effects in Memory: Judgments of Blame Can Distort Memory for Events. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, California.
  • Laney, C., Morris, E.K, Berkowitz, S.R., Pizarro, D.A., Ditto, P.H., & Loftus, E.F. (2005). Implanting negative false beliefs with positive or negative consequences. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, California.
  • Laney, C., Pizarro, D.A., Morris, E.K., Berkowitz, S.R., & Loftus, E.F.(2005). Moral blame as a form of memory distortion. Poster presented at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.
  • Ditto, P.H., Epstein, E., & Pizarro, D.A. (2004)  Visceral factors in the perception of risk.  Poster presented at the fourth annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.  
  • Pizarro, D.A., Uhlmann, E., & Bloom, P. (2003)  Causal deviance and the attribution of moral responsibility. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Rivers, S. E., Pizarro, D. A., Schneider, T. R., Pizarro, J., & Salovey, P. (2002) The effects of message framing and behavior construal on Pap utilization in a community sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • Pizarro, D.A., Uhlmann, E., & Salovey, P.  (2001) Asymmetries in moral judgment:  The role of metadesires in judgments of moral responsibility.  Poster presented at the third annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Savannah, GA.
  • Pizarro, D.A., Detweiler-Bedell, B., Steward, W.T., Rivers, S.E., Wert, S.R., Mirch-Kretschmann, S., Detweiler-Bedell, J.B. & Salovey, P. (2000) Remembering the past:  An exploration of nostalgia.  Poster presented at the second annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Pizarro, D.A., Collins, A.J., & Bainum, B.  (1997) The effects of emotion on moral judgment.  Poster presented at Western Psychological Association Conference, Spring, 1997.  

invited talks

  • King’s College, Donald J. Grimes, C.S.C. Memorial Lecture, March 2012. 
  • Stanford University, Invited presentation, Marketing Group, Graduate School of Business, April 2012. 
  • TEDx East, Invited presentation, Dirty minds: How disgust shapes our notions of moral wrong and political right, April 2012. 
  • Human Evolution Speaker Series, Invited Presentation, University of British Columbia, January, 2012
  • Cornell Reunion Weekend, Invited Presentation, Cornell University June, 2011
  • Making People Moral Conference, Invited Presentation, University of Utah, May, 2011
  • Morality and the Cognitive Sciences Conference, Invited Presentation, Riga, Latvia, May, 2011
  • Colloquium Presentation, Cornell University,  February, 2011
  • Center for Ethics and Public Life, Invited Presentation, University of Michigan, February, 2011
  • Ethics in Everyday Life, Invited Presentation, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, December, 2010, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Center for Morality and Emotions, Invited Presentation, Ohio State University, October, 2010
  • Moral Research Psychology Group, Invited Presentation, Harvard University, October, 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotion, Invited Presentation, Wurzburg University, Germany, October, 2010
  • Public lecture on Emotional Politics, CUNY Graduate Center, October, 2010
  • Cognitive Science Brown Bag, Yale University, September, 2010
  • Edge.org Conference, “The New Science of Morality,” Invited Presentation, July, 2010
  • Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Invited Presentation for Workshop on Psychology and Philosophy of Morality, June 2010
  • Institute for Social Sciences (Cornell University), Invited Presentation for Workshop on Social/Moral Preferences and Behavior, June 2010
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Invited Presentation, Washington, D.C., May 2010
  • Herzliya Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology, Invited Presentation, New School Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, April 2010
  • Social Psychology Brown Bag, Harvard University, March, 2010
  • Cornell Prison Education Program, Invited Presentation on Moral Judgment at Auburn State Prison, April 2010
  • Human Development Brownbag, Cornell University, April 2010
  • Ithaca Science Cabaret, Invited Presentation, March 2010
  • Walter Gordon Massey Symposium on Public Policy, Featured Speaker, University of Toronto, March 2010
  • Social Psychology Brown Bag, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, March, 2010
  • Werkmeister Conference on Experimental Philosophy, Invited Presentation, Florida State University, January, 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Workshop on Moral Judgment, Invited Presentation, University of Arizona Department of Philosophy, November 2009
  • Colloquium Presentation, Queens University, October 2009
  • Colloquium Presentation, Northwestern Law School, October 2008
  • Colloquium Presentation, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, November 2008
  • Colloquium Presentation, Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, April 2008
  • Free Will & Conscious Processes, Templeton Foundation, Invited Presentation, April 2008
  • Colloquium Presentation, Bard College, March 2008
  • Colloquium Presentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Decision Sciences, November 2007
  • Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Invited Presentation, June 2007
  • Values and Judgment Conference, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, April 2007
  • American Philosophical Association, Central, Invited talk on Experimental Ethics, April 2007
  • Moralistic Politics Workshop, Princeton University, May 2007
  • Social Area Presentation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 2007
  • Center for Judgment and Decision Making, University of Chicago, October 2006
  • Decision Processes Seminar, Wharton School of Business, September 2006
  • Cornell Bioethics Society, Cornell University, April 2006
  • Emotion, Evolution, and Ethics Conference, U. of North Carolina, Department of Philosophy, February 2006
  • Current Works in Social Psychology. Yale University, Department of Psychology, February, 2006
  • Conference Presentation, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Helping Consumers Help Them selves, May 2005
  • Colloquium, Claremont McKenna College, Department of Psychology, Winter 2005
  • Colloquium, Cornell University, Department of Psychology, Winter 2005
  • Colloquium, Northwestern University, Department of Psychology, Fall 2004
  • Colloquium, Loma Linda University, Department of Psychology, Winter 2004
  • Social Area Presentation, University of California, San Diego, Fall 2004.
  • Social Area Presentation, San Diego State University, Fall 2004.
  • Colloquium, Pacific Union College, Department of Behavioral Science, Spring 2004.
  • Colloquium, Swarthmore College, Department of Psychology, Fall 2003.
  • Colloquium, University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, Fall 2002.
  • Colloquium, Loma Linda University, Department of Psychology, Spring 2002.
  • Colloquium, Occidental College, Department of Psychology, Spring 2002.
  • Colloquium, Connecticut College, Department of Psychology, Fall 2000.
  • Current Works in Social Psychology, Yale University, Department of Psychology, Spring 2000.

courses taught

  • From Joy to Fury: The Psychology of Emotion, Cornell Adult University, Summer 2011
  • Morality in Everyday Life, Cornell Adult University, Summer 2010
  • Emotion and the Brain (Graduate seminar co-taught with Barbara Finlay), Cornell University, Spring 2009
  • The Psychology of Emotion, Cornell University, Spring Semesters
  • Moral Reasoning, Cornell University, Fall Semesters
  • Moral Judgment, University of California, Irvine, Fall 2005
  • Social Relationships (Co-Instructor with Joe Kasof), University of California, Irvine, Summer 2004
  • The Intelligent Emotions, Alliance for Lifelong Learning: Yale University, Oxford University, Stanford University.  Online Course, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Summer 2003.
  • Social Psychology (co-taught with Wayne Steward), Southern Connecticut State University, Spring, 2001

service

  • College of Arts and Sciences Selection Committee, Cornell University, 2007-2008
  • Graduate Selection Committee, Department of Psychology, Cornell University 2006-2012.
  • professional service and affiliations
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Perspectives on Social and Personality Psychology, Emotion.
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Emotion, Emotion Review, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Review of General Psychology, Sex Roles, British Journal of Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Justice Research, Oxford University Press, Trends in Cognitive Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Philosophical Psychology, Yale University Press, Oxford University Press, Developmental Review, Cognition, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Political Psychology
  • Member, American Psychological Association, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Society, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Fellow).
  • Yale University Graduate School Mentoring Award Committee, 2002
  • Fellow, Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF). Nationwide program sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) dedicated to disseminating information about teaching and professional activities to graduate students in research universities.
  • Yale University Social Psychology Hiring Committee, 2001
  • “Responsive Ph.D.” Committee. Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. 2001
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) 2nd Annual Conference, Poster Re view Committee, 2000
  • Diversity Committee, Yale University Department of Psychology, 2000-2002
  • Organizing Committee, William McGuire Festschrift, Spring, 2001
  • Vice President, Psi Chi Chapter, Pacific Union College 1996-97