Dr. David L. Hamilton received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and then taught at Yale for eight years before moving to UCSB. He has published extensively on topics in social perception, including stereotyping, impression formation, person memory, and perceptions of groups. He has served on numerous committees in professional organizations, including the Executive Committees of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and is co-organizer of the annual Person Memory Interest Group meetings. He has been an associate editor of two journals and currently serves on several editorial boards. He received the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health in 1987. He has been awarded honorary degrees from two European universities, the University of Lisbon, Portugal (1997) and Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary (2000). Also, in 2000 he received the Thomas M. Ostrom Award, presented by the Person Memory Interest Group, for "outstanding contributions to social cognition," and in 2008 received the Jean-Claude Codol Award from the European Association of Social Psychology for “contributions to the advancement of social psychology in Europe.
Dr. Hamilton's current research focuses on a variety of issues pertaining to the perception of individuals and groups. His work investigates how perceivers process and use social information as they form impressions of others, develop conceptions of groups, and make judgments about individual and group targets. His research is particularly focused on perceptions of the "groupness" of groups, or entitativity, on inference processes in developing conceptions of persons and groups, and on the relation of these processes to the formation and use of group stereotypes.
- Hamilton, D. L. (Ed.) (2005). Social cognition. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
- Hamilton, D.L., Way, N., Sherman, S.J., & Percy, E. (in press). Convergence and divergence in perceptions of persons and groups. In J. Simpson & J. Dovidio (Eds.), Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes. Vol. II in M. Mikulincer & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
- Ramos, T., Garcia-Marques, L., Hamilton, D.L., Van Acker, K., & Ferreira, M.B. (in press). What I infer depends on who you are: The influence of stereotypes on trait and situational spontaneous inferences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Ferreira, M.B., Garcia-Marques, L., Hamilton, D.L., Ramos, T., Uleman, J.S.,& Jeronimo, R. (2012). On the relation between spontaneous trait inferences and intentional inferences: An inference monitoring hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1-12.
- Chen, J.M., & Hamilton, D.L. (2012). Natural ambiguities: Racial categorization of multiracial individuals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 152-164.
- Garcia-Marques, L., Garrido, M.V., Hamilton, D.L., & Ferreira, M.B. (2012). Effects of correspondence between encoding and retrieval organization in social memory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 200-206.
- Garrido, M.V., Garcia-Marques, L., & Hamilton, D.L. (2012). Hard to recall but easy to judge: Retrieval strategies in social information processing. Social Cognition, 30, 56-70.
- Hamilton, D.L., Chen, J.M., & Way, N. (2011). Dynamic aspects of entitativity: From group perception to social interaction. In R.M. Kramer, G. J. Leonardelli, & R.W. Livingston (Eds.), Social cognition, social identity, and intergroup relations: A Festschrift in honor of Marilynn Brewer (pp. 27-52). New York: Psychology Press.
- Hamilton, D. L., Ko, D. M. & Chen, J. A. (2011). On-line formation of group impressions: Spontaneous trait inferences about groups. In M. Cardinu, S. Galdi, & A. Maass (Eds.), Social perception, cognition, and language: In honour of Arcuri (pp. 139-149). Padua, Italy: University of Padua Press.
- Ray, D. G., Way, N., & Hamilton, D.L. (2010). Crossed-categorization, evaluation, and face recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 46, 449-452.