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Andrew Todd


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Northwestern University, 2009
  • M.S., Social Psychology, Northwestern University, 2006
  • B.A., Psychology, Michigan State University, 2003


Andrew Todd joined the Department of Psychology in 2017. Before coming to UC Davis, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa and a postdoctoral researcher at Social Cognition Center Cologne (Germany). Much of his research focuses on how people make sense of what others are thinking and feeling, and the implications of such mental state reasoning for negotiating socially diverse environments. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Social Cognition

Research Focus

Professor Todd’s research spans several topics: (1) perspective taking, empathy, and mental state reasoning; (2) cognitive processes underlying social categorization, evaluation, inference, and judgment; and (3) stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination at the intersection of race and other social categories (e.g., age, gender).

In a primary line of research, he explores how perceiver-based factors (e.g., incidental emotions), target-based factors (e.g., group membership), and contextual factors (e.g., time pressure) influence the ability to intuit what other people see, know, want, and believe. He also examines how actively considering other people's mental states (e.g., their thoughts, feelings, and other subjective experiences) affects the subtle biases that pervade intergroup encounters and social judgment more generally. In other work, he studies how automatically activated mental processes interact with more deliberative processes to guide people's impressions of others. He’s particularly interested in how a greater understanding of these processes can inform social issues (e.g., intergroup relations, diversity management).

Selected Publications

Thiem, K. C., Neel, R., Simpson, A. J., & Todd, A. R. (in press). Are Black women and girls associated with danger? Implicit racial bias at the intersection of target age and gender. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Todd, A. R., Simpson, A. J., & Cameron, C. D. (2019). Time pressure disrupts level-2, but not level-1, visual perspective calculation: A process-dissociation analysis. Cognition, 189, 41-54.

Cameron, C. D., Spring, V. L., & Todd, A. R. (2017). The empathy impulse: A multinomial model of intentional and unintentional empathy for pain. Emotion, 17, 395-411.

Todd, A. R., Thiem, K. C., & Neel, R. (2016). Does seeing faces of young Black boys facilitate the identification of threatening stimuli? Psychological Science, 27, 384-393.

Todd, A. R., Forstmann, M., Burgmer, P., Brooks, A. W., & Galinsky, A. D. (2015). Anxious and egocentric: How specific emotions influence perspective taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 374-391.

Todd, A. R., & Burgmer, P. (2013). Perspective taking and automatic intergroup evaluation change: Testing an associative self-anchoring account. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 786-802.


Professor Todd currently teaches courses on social cognition and attitudes and social influence. He’s previously taught courses on research methods, contemporary and professional issues in social psychology, and the unconscious mind. 


Professor Todd has been the recipient of several awards, including a SAGE Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology in 2017, a Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in 2014, and a Dissertation Award (2nd prize) from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2010. He's also an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation.