Paul Rozin

Professor of Psychology
Office: 112 Eisenlohr
3810 Walnut St.

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Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
3720 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19104-6196

Curriculum Vitae


Fall 2009
Psychology 001 ( 2 sections)

TuTh 1:30-3:00, TuTh 3:30-5
Myerson B1
Approaches to the understanding of the mind and behavior of humans and animals. Emphasis on both the current state of knowledge and the process of discovery. Topics covered include brain and behavior, dreams and psychoanalysis, learning, sensation and perception, memory, thinking, appetite, and interpersonal relations. This course includes an in-class "lab" and focuses on critical thinking.

Spring 2010
Graduate Proseminar in Cultural Psychology


Cultural Psychology. Acquisition of likes and dislikes for foods and other things, beliefs about risk and natural. Attitudes to chocolate, meat and water. Magical thinking, cultural evolution, disgust, morality, psychology of music, positive psychology. Negativity dominance and the idea of purity. Research carried out in USA, France, Japan and India.

    Rozin, P., Haidt, J., & McCauley, C.R. (1993). Disgust. In M. Lewis and J. Haviland (Eds.), Handbook of Emotions, pp. 575-594. New York: Guilford.
    Rozin, P., & Nemeroff, C.J. (1990). The laws of sympathetic magic: A psychological analysis of similarity and contagion. In J. Stigler, G. Herdt & R.A. Shweder (Eds.), Cultural Psychology: Essays on comparative human development (pp. 205-232). Cambridge, England: Cambridge.
    Rozin, P., Fischler, C., Imada, S., Sarubin, A., & Wrzesniewski, A.  (1999).  Attitudes to food and the role of food in life: Comparisons of Flemish Belgium, France, Japan and the United States.  Appetite,  33, 163-180.
    Rozin, P. (1999).   Food is fundamental, fun, frightening, and far-reaching.  Social Research, 66, 9-30. To download a Word version of this paper click here.
    Rozin, P., Lowery, L., Imada, S., & Haidt, J.  (1999).  The CAD triad hypothesis: A mapping between three moral emotions (contempt, anger, disgust) and three moral codes (community, autonomy, divinity).  Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 76, 574-586.
    Rozin, P., & Royzman, E. (2001). Negativity bias, negativity dominance, and contagion. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5, 296-320.
    Rozin, P., & Nemeroff, C. (2002). Sympathetic magical thinking: the contagion and similarity "heuristics". In: Gilovich, T., Griffin, D., & Kahneman, D. Heuristics and biases. The psychology of intuitive judgment. (Pp. 201-216). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Rozin, P., Kabnick, K., Pete, E., Fischler, C., & Shields, C. (2003). The ecology of eating: Part of the French paradox results from lower food intake in French than Americans, because of smaller portion sizes. Psychological Science, 14, 450-454.
    Rozin, P. (2005). The meaning of "natural": Process more important than content. Psychological Science, 16, 652-658.
    Geier, A. B., Rozin, P., & Doros, G. (2006). Unit bias: A new heuristic that helps explain the effect of portion size on food intake. Psychological Science, 17, 521-525.
    Cherfas, L., Rozin, P., Cohen, A. B., Davidson, A., & McCauley, C. R. (2006). The framing of atrocities: Documenting the wide variation in aversion to Germans and German related activities among Holocaust survivors. Peace and Conflict. Journal of Peace Psychology, 12(1), 65-80.
    Rozin, P. (2007). Food and eating. Chapter in: S. Kitayama & D.Cohen (eds.). Handbook of Cultural Psychology, pp. 391-416. New York: Guilford.
    Rozin, P. (2007). Exploring the landscape of modern academic psychology: Finding and filling the holes. American Psychologist, 62, 754-766.
    Rozin, P., & Wolf, S. (2008). Attachment to National and Sacred Land and its relation to personal land attachment and contagion. Judgment and Decision Making, 3, 325-334.
    Rozin, P., & Stellar, J. (2009). Posthumous events affect rated quality and happiness of lives. Judgment and Decision Making, 4, 273-279.



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