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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Jonathan C. Pettibone

Professor &
Undergraduate Program Director


Education: Ph.D., 2000
University of South Carolina

Cognitive Psychology

(618) 650-3346


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About Dr. Pettibone

Jonathan C. Pettibone received his PhD in Experimental Psychology with a cognate in Quantitative Methods from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He received his B.A. in Psychology from The College of Wooster in 1995. His teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate statistics and research methods, cognitive psychology, and judgment and decision making. His research interests involve the cognitive processes that determine our preferences for consumer and social stimuli. The majority of this work has focused on the influence of context on the construction of preference. These interests have resulted in publications in journals such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Acta Psychogica, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. In his spare time, Dr. Pettibone enjoys hiking, road biking, and mountain biking.

Mentoring Expertise

Dr. Pettibone has experience mentoring students with a desire to continue with a PhD in experimental, cognitive, or quantitative psychology, as well as students interested in a career in behavioral economics or other behavioral sciences.

Representative Publications

  • Trueblood, J. S., & Pettibone, J. C. (2017). The phantom decoy effect in perceptual decision making. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making30(2), 157-167.
  • Pettibone, J. C. (2012). Testing the effect of time pressure on asymmetric dominance and compromise decoys in choice. Judgment and Decision Making, 7(4), 513-521.
  • Smith, J. A., Pomerantz, A. M., Pettibone, J. C., Segrist, D. J. (2012). When does a professional relationship with a psychologist begin? An empirical investigation. Ethics & Behavior, 22(3), 208-217.
  • Berghoff, C. R., Pomerantz, A. M., Segrist, D. J., Pettibone, J. C., & Bedwell, D. R. (2012). The relationship between experiential avoidance and impulsiveness in a non-clinical sample. Behaviour Change, 29, 25-35.
  • Hambrick, D.Z., Meinz, E. J., Pink, J. E., Pettibone, J. C., & Oswald, F.L. (2010). Learning outside the laboratory: Ability and non-ability influences on acquiring political knowledge. Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 40-45.
  • Hambrick, D. Z., Pink, J. E., Meinz, E. J., Pettibone, J. C., & Oswald, F. L. (2008). The roles of ability, personality, and interests in acquisition of current events knowledge: A longitudinal study. Intelligence, 36, 261-278.
  • Pettibone, J. C., & Wedell, D. H. (2007). Of gnomes and leprechauns: The recruitment of recent and categorical contexts in social judgment. Acta Psychologica, 125, 361-389.
  • Pettibone, J. C., & Wedell, D. H. (2007). Testing alternative explanations of phantom decoy effects. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 20, 323-341.
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