I have two major lines of research. The first line of research is devoted to understanding the tactics that people use to make sense of others (e.g., mindreading, perspective-taking, stereotyping) and how the brain mediates social interactions. The second identifies strategies for managing attention and coping with indecision, and explains why the mind is driven to wander despite heroic attempts to task it. I use both brain imaging (fMRI) and traditional experimental techniques to investigate these interests.
- Causal Attribution
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Organizational Behavior
- Person Perception
- Social Cognition
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- Mason, M. F., Hood, B. M., & Macrae, C. N. (2004). Look into my eyes: Gaze direction and person memory. Memory, 12(5), 637-643.
- Mason, M. F., Norton, M. I., Van Horn, J. D., Wegner, D. M., Grafton, S. T., & Macrae, C. N. (2007). Wandering minds: The default network and stimulus-independent thought. Science, 315, 393-395.
- Mason, M. F., Norton, M. I., Van Horn, J. D., Wegner, D. M., Grafton, S. T., & Macrae, C. N. (2007). Response to comment on “Wandering minds: The default network and stimulus-independent thought.” Science, 317, 43c.
- Mason, M. F., Cloutier, J., & Macrae, C. N. (2006). On construing others: Category and stereotype activation from facial cues. Social Cognition, 24, 540-563.
- Macrae, C. N., Quinn, K. A., Mason, M. F., & Quadflieg, S. (2005). Understanding others: The face and person construal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Cloutier, J., Mason, M. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2005). The perceptual determinants of person construal: Reopening the social-cognitive toolbox. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 885-894.
- Mason, M. F., Tatkow, E., & Macrae, C. N. (2005). The look of love: Gaze shifts and person perception. Psychological Science, 16, 236-239.
- Mason, M. F., Banfield, J. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2004). Thinking about actions: The neural substrates of person knowledge. Cerebral Cortex, 14, 209-214.
- Quadflieg, S., Mason, M. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2004). The owl and the pussycat: Gaze cues and visuospatial orienting. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 11, 826-831.
- Mason, M. F., & Macrae, C. N. (2004). Categorizing and individuating others: The neural substrates of person perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1785-1795.
- Hebl, M. R., Xu, J., & Mason, M. F. (2003). Weighing the care: Patients' perceptions of physician care as a function of gender and weight. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 27, 269-275.
- Macrae, C. N., Hood, B. M., Milne, A. B., Rowe, A. C., & Mason, M. F. (2002). Are you looking at me? Eye gaze and person perception. Psychological Science, 13, 460-484.
- Mitchell, J. M., Mason, M. F., Macrae, C. N., & Banaji, M. R. (2006). Thinking about others: The neural substrates of social cognition. In J. Cacioppo (Ed.), Social neuroscience: People thinking about people. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- Advanced Seminar in Social Cognition
- Leadership Development
- Leadership in Organizations
- Managerial Negotiations
- Research Methods
Malia F. Mason
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New York, NY 10027