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Sara Hodges

Department Head
Psychology, SAIL
Phone: 541-346-4919
Office: 463 Straub Hall
Research Interests: Social/Personality, Perspective Taking, Empathic Accuracy, Comparison and Judgment Processes, and Social Comparison


Dr. Hodges studies how people form an understanding of other people. She's interested in the role that the self, context, and other sources of information play in forming that understanding. One of her primary research interests is in people’s attempts to construct someone else’s perspective—when they are motivated to do this, how accurate they are, how strategies such as social comparison and projection are used in the process, and what consequences result from taking someone else's perspective. In another line of work, Dr. Hodges investigates social comparisons, with a focus on how people use information about themselves in making these comparisons. In her work, Dr. Hodges seeks to acknowledge both the cleverness and shortcomings of human cognitive strategies. 

It is unlikely that Dr. Hodges will be accepting new graduate students for Fall 2024.

Selected Publications:

Denning, K.R., & Hodges, S.D. (2022). When polarization triggers out-group "counter-projection" across the political divide. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 48, 638-656.

Hodges, S.D., & Wixwat, M. (2022). No need to take what you already have: Perspective taking's effect on empathic concern for low-need targets. Journal of Social Psychology, 162, 41-56.

Hodges, S.D., & Kezer, M.R. (2021). It is hard to read minds without words: Cues to use to achieve empathic accuracy. Journal of Intelligence, 9, 27.

Hodges, S.D., Denning, K.R., & Lieber, S. (2018). Perspective taking: Motivation and impediment to shared reality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 23, 405-410.

Sassenrath, C., Hodges, S.D., & Pfattheicher, S. (2016). It's all about the self: When perspective taking backfires. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25, 405-410.

Hodges, S.D., Lewis, K.L., & Ickes, W. (2015). The matter of other minds: Empathic accuracy and the factors that influence it. In P. Shaver, M. Mikulincer (Eds.), J.A. Simpson, & J. Dovidio (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology: Vol 2. Interpersonal relations and group processes (pp.319-348). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Christian, C., Lee, I., & Hodges, S.D. (2014). From East to West: Accessibility and bias in self-other comparative judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1391-1405.

Smith, J.L., Lewis, K.L., Hawthorne, L., & Hodges, S.D. (2013). When trying hard isn't natural: Women's belonging with and motivation for male-dominated STEM fields as a function of effort expenditure concerns. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 131-143.

Myers, M.W., & Hodges, S.D.  (2012).  The structure of self-other overlap and its relationship to perspective taking.  Personal Relationships, 19, 663-679.

Lewis, K.L., Hodges, S.D., Laurent, S.M., Srivastava, S., & Biancarosa, G. (2012). Reading between the minds: The use of stereotypes in empathic accuracy. Psychological Science, 23, 1040-1046.

Hodges, S. D., Kiel, K. J., Kramer, A. D. I. K., Veach, D., & Villanueva, R. (2010). Giving birth to empathy: The effects of similar experience on empathic accuracy, empathic concern, and perceived empathy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 398-409.