Published Articles

Balcetis, E., & Cardenas, S. (2019). Visual experience in self and social judgment: How a biased majority claim a superior minority. Self and Identity, 18, 363-277.

DiGiovanni, A., & Balcetis, E. (2018). Measuring the impact of social support on dietary behavior: Assessing techniques and calling for the use of daily diaries. Psychology and Behavioral Science International Journal, 9, 555767.

Granot, Y., & Balcetis, E., Feigenson, N., & Tyler, T. R. (2018). In the eyes of the law: Perception versus reality in appraisals of video evidence. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 24, 93-104.

Kappes, H. B., Balcetis, E., & De Cremer, D. (2018). Motivated reasoning during recruitment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 270-280.

Granot, Y., Stern, C., & Balcetis, E. (2017). Zip code of conduct: Crime rate affects legal punishment of police. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3 (2), 176-186.

Alter, A., Stern, C. Granot, Y., & Balcetis, E. (2016). The “bad is black” effect: Why people believe evil-doers have darker skin than do-gooders. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1653-1665.

Balcetis, E., Stern, C., & Cole, C. (2016). Perceiving systematically, not just differently: Calling for perceptual models with explanatory power. Psychological Inquiry, 27:4, 275-280.

Cole, S., Trope, Y., & Balcetis, E. (2016). In the eye of the betrothed: Perceptual downgrading of attractive alternative romantic partners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2016). Motivating the action-in-perception hypothesis: Approach and avoidance motives as a process-model for action's effects on perception. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(5), 83-85.

Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (in press). Task demand not so damning: Improved techniques that mitigate demand in studies that supporttop-down effects. Commentary on Firestone and Scholl’s “Cognition does not affect perception: Evaluating the evidence for'top-down' effects.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Balcetis, E. (2016). Approach and avoidance as organizing structures for motivated distance perception. Emotion Review, 8, 115-128.

Balcetis, E. (2016). Author reply: Future tests of motivated distance perception from multiple perspectives. Emotion Review, 8, 133-135.

Stern, C., Balcetis, E., Cole, S., West, T. V., & Caruso, E. (2016). Government instability shifts skin tone representations of and intentions to vote for political candidates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 76-95.

Granot, Y., Balcetis, E., Schneider, K., & Tyler, T. (2014). Blind justice: The effects of group identification and visual attention on legal punishment decisions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 2196-2208.

Cole, S., Riccio., M., & Balcetis, E. (2014). Focused and fired up: Narrowed attention produces perceived proximity and increases goal-relevant action. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 815–822.

Moskowitz, G. & Balcetis, E. (2014). The conscious roots of selfless, unconscious goals. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 151.

Cole, S. & Balcetis, E. (2013). Sources of resources: Bioenergetic and psychoenergetic resources influence distance perception. Social Cognition, 31, 721-732.

Riccio, M., Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Seeing the expected, the desired, and the feared: Influences on perceptual interpretation and directed attention. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 401-414.

Stern, C., Cole, S., Gollwitzer, P., Oettingen, G., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Effects of implementation intentions on anxiety, perceived proximity, and motor performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 623-635.

Balcetis, E., Cole, S., Chelberg, M. B., & Alicke, M. (2013). Searching out the ideal: Awareness of ideal body standards predicts lower global self-esteem in women. Self and Identity, 12, 99-113.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2013). Considering the situation: Why people are better social psychologists than self-psychologists. Self and Identity, 12, 1-15.

*Selected as the 2011 International Society for Self and Identity Best Paper

Cole, S., Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2013). Affective signals of threat produce perceived proximity. Affective signals of threat produce perceived proximity. Psychological Science, 24, 34-40.

Cole, S., Balcetis, E., & Zhang, S. (2013). Visual perception and regulatory conflict: Motivation and physiology influence distance perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 18-22.

Dunning, D., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Wishful seeing: How preferences shape visual perception. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 33-37.

Balcetis, E., Dunning, D., & Granot, Y. (2012). Subjective value determines initial dominance in binocular rivalry. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 122-129.

Zell, E., & Balcetis, E. (2012). The influence of social comparison on visual representation of one’s face. PLoS ONE 7, (5): e36742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036742

Alter, A., & Balcetis, E. (2011). Fondness makes the distance grow shorter: Desired locations seem closer because they seem more vivid. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 16-21.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2010). Wishful seeing: Desired objects are seen as closer. Psychological Science, 21, 147-152.

Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2009). Body in mind: The role of embodied cognition in self-regulation.Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 1-16.

*With Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2010). Teaching and Learning Guide for “Body in mind: The role of embodied cognition in self-regulation.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 499-505.

Balcetis, E. (2009). How a biased majority claim moral minority: Tracking eye movements to base rates in social predictions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 970-973.

Caruso, E., Mead, N., & Balcetis, E. (2009). Political partisanship influences perception of biracial candidates’ skin tone. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 20168–20173.

Balcetis, E., Dunning, D., & Miller, R. (2008). Do collectivists “know themselves” better than individualists?: Cross-cultural studies of the “holier than thou” phenomenon. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1252-1267.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2008). A mile in moccasins: How situational experience diminishes dispositionism in social inference. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 102-114.

Balcetis, E. (2007). Where the motivation resides and self-deception hides: How motivated cognition accomplishes self-deception. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 1-21.

Balcetis, E., & Dale, R. (2007).Conceptual set as a top-down constraint on visual object identification. Perception, 36, 581-595.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2007). Cognitive dissonance reduction and perception of the physical world. Psychological Science, 18, 917-921.

*Selected by Gilbert Chin, Editor of Science, as "Editor's Choice" Nov 3, 2007 in Science.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2006). See what you want to see: Motivational influences on visual perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 612-625.

Balcetis, E., & Dale, R. (2005). The eye is not naked: Context clothes visual perception. In Proceedings of the 25th Cognitive Science Society (pp. 109-114), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.



Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. D. (2014). Motivated distance perception serves action regulation. In Forgas, J., & Harmon-Jones, E.(Eds.). The control within: Motivation and Its Regulation. (pp. 263-278). New York: Psychology Press.

Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2013). On misers, managers, and monsters: The social cognition of visual perception. pp. 329-351. Invited chapter in D. Carlston (Ed.). Handbook of social cognition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2010). Of visions and desires: Biased perceptions can serve self-protective functions. Invited chapter in C. Sedikides & M. Alicke (Eds.) Handbook of self-enhancement and self-protection. New York: Guilford Press.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2010). Wishful seeing: Motivational influences on visual perception of the physical environment. In E. Balcetis, & D. Lassiter (Eds.) The social psychology of visual perception. Psychology Press, New York, NY.

Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2005). Judging for two: Some connectionist proposals for how the self informs and constrains social judgment. Invited chapter for M. Alicke, D. Dunning, & J. Krueger (Eds.), Self and social judgment. New York: Psychology Press.


Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2014). Seeing mountains in molehills: Embodied visual perception of the environment. In-Mind Magazine, 20.

Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2014). Wishful Seeing. The Psychologist, 27, 22-25.