Erica Boothby is a social psychologist who studies social judgment and decision making, interpersonal interaction, and meta-perception. Her primary line of research addresses the psychology of “social impact” – What psychological processes underlie people’s beliefs about the impact they have on others? Because people often have only incomplete information available to them about the impact they’ve had on others after a social interaction, they must make judgments under conditions of uncertainty, rendering them susceptible to systematic biases.
Erica’s research uses laboratory, field, longitudinal, and dyadic experiments to understand the impact people have on one another, people’s ability to recognize their influence on others in interpersonal interactions, and the social and intrapersonal consequences of these judgments. This work intersects with research on social comparison, overconfidence, conflict, and prosocial behavior, and it is intended to advance our understanding of human behavior while having direct implications for the kinds of real-world challenges people face every day in their roles as friends, romantic partners, colleagues, managers, and consumers. Erica’s collaborators include Tom Gilovich, Vanessa Bohns, Margaret Clark, John Bargh, Gillian Sandstrom, and Maurice Schweitzer.