Sara Hodges (Social, Comparison and Judgment Processes, Empathic Accuracy, and Perspective Taking)


Office: 209 Franklin Building
Phone Number: (541) 346-4919
E-mail address: sdhodgesatuoregon [dot] edu
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Research Interests and Publications:

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—what motivates them, 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 strageties. For further information, visit Dr. Hodges’ website.

For Fall 2014, Dr. Hodges will only be considering master's students who have research experience in labs that do research that is related or similar to research being done in her lab (see lab website,

Selected Publications:

Hodges, S.D., Lewis, K.L., & Ickes, W. (2014). 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.319348). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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.