Marlone Henderson

Professor, Department of Psychology
HDO 288: Writing and Researching Organizations
Human Error: Engineering it Away

marlone.henderson@utexas.edu
Education: Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Henderson’s research has one major objective: to understand the role that basic cognitive processes play in promoting social harmony. Specifically, most of his research explores how situational factors that shift individuals’ thinking to a lower (more concrete) or higher (more abstract) level can have important consequences in the domains of 1) social conflict, 2) social judgments, and 3) prosocial behavior.

Dr. Henderson’s work employs a combination of laboratory and field designs, both of which emphasize experimental procedures that allow for causal interpretation of data. A second, defining feature of his research is that most of it seeks to have an immediate, practical impact on society, while staying grounded in a strong theoretical foundation. Much of his research draws on social-cognitive theory, which posits that individuals can think about or construe objects and events at different levels of abstraction. Throughout his career, Dr. Henderson’s research has explored how individuals’ construal level can change when they mentally go beyond the “here and now” to form judgments and regulate their behaviors.

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