Travis J. Carter

Lab Director, Assistant Professor of Psychology


I received my AB in Psychology from The University of Chicago in 2001, and spent a few years working in research labs there before attending Cornell University for my PhD. Upon graduating, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and the Decision Research Lab Manager at the Center for Decision Research in the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

My research interests generally reside in the realms of judgment and decision-making, social cognition, and consumer behavior. I strive to use modern methodologies, sophisticated analytical techniques, and clever experimental approaches to gain greater insight into human judgment and behavior.

Join the Lab!

The Social Psychology Lab is currently looking for highly interested and motivated Research Assistants. Please contact Travis Carter if you would like to be a part of the research team!

Selected Publications

Carter, T. J. (2014). The psychological science of spending money. In E. Bijleveld & H. Aarts (Eds.) The psychological science of money (pp. 213-242). New York, NY: Springer.

Carter, T. J., & Gilovich, T. (2012). I am what I do, not what I have: The centrality of experiential purchases to the self-concept. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(6), 1304-1317.

Carter, T. J., Ferguson, M. J., & Hassin, R. R. (2011). A single exposure to the American flag shifts support toward Republicanism up to 8 months later. Psychological Science, 22(8), 1011-1018.

Carter, T. J., & Gilovich, T. (2010). The relative relativity of material and experiential purchases. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98(1), 146-159.