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Megan Kozak Williams - Associate Professor

Pioneer 118

Education: B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University

Academic Interests:
1) The study of empathy development and erosion in physicians.
2) The psychological underpinnings of dehumanization.
3) Psychological consequences of using social networking sites.


  • Kozak, M. N., Roberts, T.A., & Patterson, K. (in press). She stoops to conquer?  How posture interacts with self-objectification and status to impact women’s affect and performance.

  • Matterella-Micke, A., Mateo, J., Kozak, M. N., Foster, K., & Beilock, S. L. (2011). Choke or thrive? The relation between salivary cortisol and math performance depends on individual differences in working memory and math anxiety. Emotion, 11(4), 1000-1005.

  • Marsh, A. A., Kozak, M. N., & Wegner, D.M. (2010). The neural substrates of action identification. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

  • Kozak, M. N., Frankenhauser, H., & Roberts, T. (2009).  Objects of desire: Objectification of as a function of male sexual orientation. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 10(3), 225-230.

  • Kozak, M. N., Sternglanz, R. W., Wegner, D. M & Viswanathan, U. (2008). The role of thought suppression in building mental blocks. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 1123-1130.

  • Marsh, A., Kozak, M. N., & Ambady, N. (2007).  Accurate identification of fear facial expressions predicts prosocial behavior.  Emotion, 7, 239-251.

  • Kozak, M., Marsh, A. A., & Wegner, D. M. (2006). What do I think you are doing? Action identification and Mind Attribution.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 543-555.

  • Wegner, D. M., Wenzlaff, R. M., & Kozak, M. N. (2003).  Dream rebound:  The return of suppressed thoughts in dreams.  Psychological Science, 15(4),232-236.