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Linda J. Skitka

Linda J. Skitka

LINDA J. SKITKA is a professor and the associate head of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests bridge a number of areas of inquiry including social, political, and moral psychology. Her publications cover topics such as how people experience morality in their everyday lives, the psychological foundations and consequences of moral conviction, how attitudes rooted in moral convictions differ in consequence and kind from otherwise strong but non-moral attitudes, the psychological underpinnings of the left-right political divide, political intolerance, reactions to terrorism, how people reason about justice, and automation bias. Dr. Skitka’s research has been supported by numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Skitka is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, and a consulting editor for Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Political Psychology, Social Justice Research, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, and several other journals. She is the Chairperson of the Consortium for Social Psychological and Personality Science, a joint venture of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Association for Research in Personality, the European Society for Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, created to launch the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, now the major short reports journal for social and personality psychology. In addition to these current service activities, she is the past president of the International Society for Justice Research, and current executive committee member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Political Psychology

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Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Computing in Psychology
  • Psychological Perspectives on Justice
  • Research Design and Analysis I (Advanced ANOVA)
  • Research Design and Analysis II (Multivariate Statistics)
  • Social Psychological Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Linda J. Skitka
Department of Psychology (M/C 285)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7137
United States

  • Phone: (312) 996-4464
  • Fax: (312) 413-4122

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