Dr Cory Clark, PhD
B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, Ohio University, 2008
Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology and Quantitative Methods, University of California, Irvine, 2014
I joined Durham University as an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Social Psychology in September, 2018.
I study moral judgment, including how desires to blame and punish others influence perceptions of control and responsibility and how people strategically justify their own punitive tendencies. Currently, I am working on a number of projects investigating the contexts (e.g., relationships between punisher and offender, cultural norms) that influence affective reactions to punishing others as well as actual punishment decisions.
I also study political bias, which is the tendency for people to be highly credulous toward information that supports their ideological views and highly skeptical of similar information that opposes their views. I am particularly interested in how political commitments among social scientists influence the empirical questions they ask and the empirical conclusions they draw.
Department of Psychology
Chapter in book
- Baumeister, RF, Clark, CJ & Luguri, JB (2014). Free will: Belief and reality. In Surrounding Free Will. Mele, AR
- Ditto, PH, Liu, BS, Clark, CJ, Wojcik, SP, Chen, EE, Grady, RH, Celniker, JB & Zinger, JF (2019). At Least Bias Is Bipartisan: A Meta-Analytic Comparison of Partisan Bias in Liberals and Conservatives. Perspectives on Psychological Science 14(2): 273-291.
- Clark, CJ, Winegard, BM & Baumeister, RF (2019). Forget the folk: Moral responsibility preservation motives and other conditions for compatibilism. Frontiers in Psychology 10: 215.
- Clark, CJ & Winegard, BM (2019). Optimism in unconscious, intuitive morality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences
- Clark, CJ, Ditto, PH, Liu, BS, Wojcik, SP, Chen, EE, Grady, RH, Celniker, JB & Zinger, JF (2019). Partisan bias and its discontents. Perspectives on Psychological Science 14(2): 304-316.
- Clark, CJ, Shniderman, A, Luguri, JB, Baumeister, RF & Ditto, PH (2018). Are morally good actions ever free?. Consciousness and Cognition 63: 161-182.
- Baumeister, RF, Lau, S, Maranges, HM & Clark, CJ (2018). On the Necessity of Consciousness for Sophisticated Human Action. Frontiers in Psychology 9: 1925.
- Baumeister, RF, Clark, CJ, Kim, J & Lau, S (2017). Consumers (and consumer researchers) need conscious thinking in addition to unconscious processes: A call for integrative models. Journal of Consumer Research 44(2): 252-257.
- Clark, CJ, Baumeister, RF & Ditto, PH (2017). Making punishment palatable: Belief in free will alleviates punitive distress. Consciousness and Cognition 51: 193-211.
- DeMarree, KG, Clark, CJ, Wheeler, SC, Briñol, P & Petty, RE (2017). On the pursuit of desired attitudes: Wanting a different attitude affects information processing and behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 70: 129-142.
- Vonasch, AJ, Clark, CJ, Lau, S, Vohs, KD & Baumeister, RF (2017). Ordinary people associate addiction with loss of free will. Addictive Behaviors Reports 5: 56-66.
- Baumeister, RF, Clark, CJ & Kim, J (2017). Pragmatic prospection emphasizes utility of predicting rather than mere predictability. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40: e77.
- Clark, CJ, Bauman, CW, Kamble, SV & Knowles, ED (2016). Intentional Sin and Accidental Virtue? Cultural Differences in Moral Systems Influence Perceived Intentionality. Social Psychological and Personality Science 8(1): 74-82.
- Clark, CJ, Chen, EE & Ditto, PH (2015). Moral coherence processes: constructing culpability and consequences. Current Opinion in Psychology 6: 123-128.
- Clark, CJ, Luguri, JB, Ditto, PH, Knobe, J, Shariff, AF & Baumeister, RF (2014). Free to punish: A motivated account of free will belief. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 106(4): 501-513.
- Shariff, AF, Greene, JD, Karremans, JC, Luguri, JB, Clark, CJ, Schooler, JW, Baumeister, RF & Vohs, KD (2014). Free Will and Punishment: A Mechanistic View of Human Nature Reduces Retribution. Psychological Science 25(8): 1563-1570.
- Ditto, PH & Clark, CJ (2014). Predicting end-of-life treatment preferences: Perils and practicalities. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy