[Note: Professor Dan Wegner died at age 65 on July 5, 2013, as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Wegner's work.]
Daniel Wegner's work is focused on the role of thought in self-control and in social life. He has published research on thought suppression -- for example, on how people become preoccupied with a white bear when they are merely asked not to think about it -- and on mental control of other kinds as well. He is interested in transactive memory (how people in groups and relationships remember) and has examined how people identify their actions. Currently, he is investigating how people come to experience their actions as consciously willed. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He also occasionally writes about himself in the third person.
- Causal Attribution
- Close Relationships
- Communication, Language
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Person Perception
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Schacter, D. S., Gilbert, D. T., & Wegner, D. M. (2008). Psychology. New York: Worth.
- Vallacher, R. R., & Wegner, D. M. (1985). A theory of action identification. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Wegner, D. M. (2002). The illusion of conscious will. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Wegner, D. M. (1994). White bears and other unwanted thoughts: Suppression, obsession, and the psychology of mental control. New York: Guilford Press.
- Wegner, D. M., & Pennebaker, J. W. (Eds.) (1993). Handbook of mental control. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (Eds.). (1980). The self in social psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (1977). Implicit psychology: An introduction to social cognition. New York: Oxford University Press. Japanese translation by Sogensha, 1988.
- Gray, H., Gray, K., & Wegner, D. M. (2007). Dimensions of mind perception. Science, 315, 619.
- Gray, K., & Wegner, D. M. (2009). Moral typecasting: Divergent perceptions of moral agents and moral patients. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 505-520.
- Waytz, A., Gray, K., Epley, N., & Wegner, D. M. (2010). Causes and consequences of mind perception. Trends in Cognitive Science, 14, 383-388.
- Wegner, D. M. (2009). How to think, say, or do precisely the worst thing for any occasion. Science, 325, 48-51.
- Wegner, D. M. (2004). Precis of The Illusion of Conscious Will. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 649-692.