Igor Grossmann is a world traveler: Born in the Soviet Union, he lived in Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S. Upon obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His main research goal is to understand the processes that enable individuals to think and act "wisely," for instance by using cognitive strategies that facilitate the resolution of social conflicts, or by adaptively regulating emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health. To approach these issues, his work targets meaningful real world situations at the intersection of affect and cognition, ranging from daily hassles, to career choices, to romantic and societal conflicts. Grossmann’s work was published in top journals, including the PNAS, Psychological Science, Emotion and Journal of Experimental Psychology. His research has been recognized through the APA (Div. 20) Dissertation Award and the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from the SPSSI. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Ethics and Morality
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Personality, Individual Differences
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Grossmann, I., Ellsworth, P. C., & Hong, Y.-y. (2012). Culture, attention, and emotion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(1), 31-36.
- Grossmann, I., Karasawa, M., Izumi, S., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2012). Aging and wisdom: Culture matters. Psychological Science, 23(10), 1059-1066. doi: 10.1177/0956797612446025
- Grossmann, I., Karasawa, M., Kan, C. & Kitayama, S. (2014). A cultural perspective on emotional experiences across the lifespan. Emotion, 14(4), 679-692. doi: 10.1037/a0036041
- Grossmann, I. & Kross, E. (2014). Exploring “Solomon’s paradox”: Self-distancing eliminates the self-other asymmetry in wise reasoning about close relations in younger and older adults. Psychological Science, 25(8), 1571-1580.
- Grossmann, I., & Kross, E. (2010). The impact of culture on adaptive vs. maladaptive self-reflection. Psychological Science, 21(8), 1150-1157.
- Grossmann, I., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2013). A Route to Well-being: Intelligence vs. Wise Reasoning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 944-953. doi: 10.1037/a0029560
- Grossmann, I., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Park, D. C., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). Reasoning about social conflicts improves into old age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(16), 7246-7250.
- Grossmann, I., & Varnum, M. E. W. (2011). Social class, culture, and cognition. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(1), 81-89.
- Kimel, S. Y., Grossmann, I., & Kitayama, S. (2012). When gift-giving produces dissonance: Effects of subliminal affiliation priming on choices for one's self versus close others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(5), 1221-1224.
- Kross, E., & Grossmann, I. (2012). Boosting wisdom: Distance from the self enhances wise reasoning, attitudes, and behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(1), 43-48.
- Na, J., Grossmann, I., Varnum, M. E. W., Gonzalez, R., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). Cultural differences are not always reducible to individual differences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(14), 6192-6197.
- Ross, M., Grossmann, I. & Schryer, E. (2014). Contrary to Psychological and Popular Opinion, There is No Compelling Evidence that Older Adults are Disproportionately Victimized by Consumer Fraud. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9(4), 427-442.
- Varnum, M. E. W., Grossmann, I., Katunar, D., Nisbett, R. E., & Kitayama, S. (2008). Holism in a European cultural context: Differences in cognitive style between Central and East Europeans and Westerners. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8, 321-333.
- Varnum, M. E. W., Grossmann, I., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). The origin of cultural differences in cognition: The social orientation hypothesis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 9-13.
- Cultural Psychology
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Research Methods in Social Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
- Phone: (519) 888-4567, extension 31793
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