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Rebecca Dyer specializes in social and moral psychology; her research examines the motivational, emotional, and cognitive mechanisms underlying moral judgment and behavior. She is also interested in motivation and goal pursuit more broadly, emotion, and self-regulation. 

Before arriving at Hamilton, Rebecca taught at Colgate University, and she has also been a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. Dyer earned her doctorate from Yale University and her bachelor of arts degree from Haverford College.

Recent Courses Taught

Introductory Psychology
The Science of Morality
Research Design

Select Publications

  • “Dimorphous expressions of positive emotion: Displays of both care and aggression in response to cute stimuli.” Aragon, 0. R., Clark, M. S., Dyer, R. L., & Bargh, J. A. Psychological Science, 26, 259-273, 2015. 
  • “An fMRI investigation of racial paralysis.” Norton, M. l., Mason, M. F., Vandello, J. A., Biga, A., & Dyer, R. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 387-393, 2013.
  • “Automaticity in social-cognitive processes.” Bargh, J. A., Schwadcr, K. L., Hailey, S. E., Dyer, R. L., & Boothby, E. J. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 593-605, 2012.
  • “Are you lying to me? Temporal cues for deception.” Boltz, M., Dyer, R. L., & Miller, A. R.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29, 458-466, 2010. 
  • “Male susceptibility to attentional capture by power cues.” Mason, M. F., Zhang, S., & Dyer, R. L. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 482-485, 2010.
  • “Neural mechanisms of social influence.” Mason, M. F., Dyer, R., & Norton, M. I. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 110, 152-159, 2009.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science
Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
M.S., Yale University
B.A., Haverford College

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