Self and Social Insight (SaSI) Lab
SaSI Lab People
Erik G. Helzer

address:211 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Department of Psychology
Ithaca, NY 14853
Graduate Students

Erik G. Helzer - Vita
Social Psychology Ph.D. student

I am a fifth year graduate student in social and personality psychology. I received my B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Oregon State University in 2005. At the broadest level, I am interested in how people come to understand themselves in relation to the world around them. My primary interest is in how beliefs about agency and free will lead people to biased assessments of their own future states and the futures of other people. I also study the factors that shape moral judgments and how people arrive at assessments of intentionality. Finally, I have a general interest in how beliefs about the social world are formed and upheld at the level of selective attention and information processing biases.

BA - Psychology, Philosophy (2005) - Oregon State University

perceptions of agency; self-knowledge, self- and social prediction; moral judgment and intentionality perception; belief formation and maintenance via selective attention

Selected Publications [All Publications]
Dunning, D. & Helzer, E.G. (2014). Beyond the correlation coefficient in studies of self-assessment accuracy: Commentary on Zell & Krizan (2014). Perspectives in Psychological Science, 9, 226-231. [reprints | abstract]
Helzer, E.G. & Dunning, D. (2012). Why and when peer prediction is superior to self-prediction: The weight given to future aspiration versus past achievement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 38-53. [abstract]
Critcher, C.R., Helzer, E.G. & Dunning, D. (2011). Self-enhancement via redefinition: Defining social concepts to ensure positive views of self. In M. Alicke & C. Sedikides (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection, (pp. 69-91). New York: The Guilford Press.
Helzer, E.G. & Dunning, D. (2011). On motivated reasoning and self-belief. In S. Vazire & T. D. Wilson (Eds.), Handbook of self-knowledge, (pp. 379-396). New York: Guilford.
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