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Joyce Ehrlinger | Social Cognition Lab JOYCE EHRLINGER | SOCIAL COGNITION LAB

Announcing a post-doctoral position opening in the Ehrlinger lab!

The Social Cognition lab in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University is seeking to fill a two-year grant-funded postdoctoral position, with a start date of August 15, 2015. The successful applicant would work closely with Dr. Joyce Ehrlinger on a project funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. The project is focused on understanding how people’s implicit theories of intelligence shape their metacognitive judgments, use of self-regulated learning strategies and, ultimately, success in learning. In general, this position will be particularly interesting for applicants with interests in social psychological interventions that target students’ feelings of confidence and belongingness. Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.


QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Social Psychology or a closely related field by August 15, 2015. Candidates should have strong experimental design, quantitative, and writing skills. It is also important that the candidate works well independently and has strong interpersonal skills. The position is open with respect to area of research specialization but we are particularly interested in individuals with research interests related to Dr. Ehrlinger’s research in self and social judgment, metacognition, and social psychological intervention research (see for more information). We are interested in candidates whose research falls within social psychology or lies at the intersection between social and cognitive psychology.


APPLICATIONS: Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources ( and submit a letter of application describing their relevant experience, a current curriculum vitae, reprints, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin January 15th, 2015 and will continue until position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Joyce Ehrlinger at

Changing theories of change

Anne Wilson wrote up a great blog post for SPSPblog describing the most recent Ehrlinger lab publication.

Go to to read all about it and/or download and read the full publication:

Leith*, S., Ward*, C., Giacomin*, M., Landau*, E., Ehrlinger, J., & Wilson, A.E. (2014). Changing theories of change: Strategic shifting in implicit theory endorsement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107 (4), 597-620.