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Biography

Adrian Ward is an assistant professor in the marketing department of the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT, he spent two years as a senior research associate in the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in psychology from Harvard University. Professor Ward’s work explores attention, knowledge, and decision-making “in context.” His doctoral dissertation on becoming “One with the ‘Cloud’” examines the causes and consequences of offloading responsibility for memory to the Internet, and his work with the CRCFDM focuses on the implications of offloading responsibility for financial expertise to long-term relationship partners “On a Need-to-Know Basis.” Additional published and ongoing research explores moral perception and decision-making (“Paying it Forward”), consumer interactions with new technologies, and consumer financial decision-making. His research has been published in journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Psychological Inquiry, and covered by popular press outlets including The New York Times, New Statesman, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, and Education Week. He writes for Scientific American in his (increasingly rare) spare time, and penned the magazine’s most read story of 2012.

Publications

Adrian Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, and Maarten W. Bos. 2017. Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One's Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity. Journal of the Association of Consumer Research 2(2), 140-154.
Diana Tamir and Adrian Ward. 2015. Old Desires, New Media, in The Psychology of Desire, W. Hofmann and L. F. Nordgren, eds. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Kristi Leimgruber, Adrian Ward, Jane Widness, Michael I. Norton, Kristina Olson, Kurt Gray, and Laurie Santos. 2014. Give What You Get: Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus Apella) and Four-Year-Old Children Pay Forward Positive and Negative Outcomes to Conspecifics. PLoS One 9(1), e87035.
Kurt Gray, Adrian Ward, and Michael I. Norton. 2014. Paying It Forward: Generalized Reciprocity and the Limits of Generosity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143(1), 247-254.
Kurt Gray, Chelsea Schein, and Adrian Ward. 2014. The Myth of Harmless Wrongs in Moral Cognition: Automatic Dyadic Completion From Sin to Suffering. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143(4), 1600-1615.
Daniel M. Wegner and Adrian Ward. 2013. How Google Is Changing Your Brain. Scientific American 309(6), 58-61.
Adrian Ward and Daniel M. Wegner. 2013. Mind-Blanking: When the Mind Goes Away. Frontiers in Psychology 4, 650.
Adrian Ward. 2013. Supernormal: How the Internet Is Changing Our Memories and Our Minds. Psychological Inquiry 24(4), 341-348.
Adrian Ward, Andrew Olsen, and Daniel M. Wegner. 2013. The Harm-Made Mind: Victimization Augments Perceptions of the Minds of Vegetative Patients, Robots, and the Dead. Psychological Science 24(8), 1437-1445.

Professional Awards

Gordon W. Allport Fund Research Grant, Harvard University2012
Ernest Frederick Slater Scholarship Award, Harvard University (3 times)2012

Teaching Awards

Derek Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (4 times)2012
George W. Goethals Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University2011