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Professor Bert HodgesBERT H. HODGES


Professor                                                     Senior Research Scientist

Department of Psychology                     Department of Psychology

Gordon College                                        University of Connecticut

Wenham, MA 01984 USA                     Storrs, CT 06269 USA

Office: Ken Olson Sci. Ctr. 351           Phone: (978) 380-2747

Phone: (978) 867-4404                           Email:


Bert H. Hodges received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Vanderbilt University, and is Professor of Psychology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, where he won the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award in 1997. He also serves as Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and is a Fellow of the Center for Ecological Studies in Perception & Action. He has been a Visiting Professor or Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Rutgers University, University of Southampton (UK), and University of Portsmouth (UK). He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality & Social Psychology, International Society for Ecological Psychology, the Distributed Language Group, and the Society for Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology (Div. 24, APA), serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the latter in 1992-95. An article on values and affordances with Reuben Baron won a Templeton prize in 1994, and his work on language has received support from the National Science Foundation (2009-2011). He is President of the International Society for Studies in Interactivity, Language, & Cognition (2012-2014). Areas in which he has published include social psychology, perception-action, language, and cognition. He has been a reviewer for a wide variety of scientific journals, has lectured at international conferences on social perception and action, ecological psychology, language, and moral pragmatics, and has been a colloquium speaker at universities in the USA, England, and Denmark.

Selected publications


Social Psychology

Hodges, B. H., Meagher, B. R., Norton, D. J., McBain, R., & Sroubek, A. (in press). Speaking from ignorance: Not agreeing with others we believe are correct. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Hodges, B. H. (in press). Conformity. In J. Burger (Ed.), Handbook of Social Influence. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hodges, B. H., & Baron, R. M. (2007). On making social psychology more ecological and ecological psychology more social. Ecological Psychology, 19, 79-84.

Baron, R. M., & Hodges, B. H. (Eds.). (2007). Updating J. J. Gibson’s social psychological legacy: On making social psychology more ecological and ecological psychology more social [Special issue]. Ecological Psychology, 19(2).

Hodges, B. H., & Geyer, A. (2006). A nonconformist account of the Asch experiments: Values, pragmatics, and moral dilemmas. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 2-19.

Hodges, B. H. (2004). Asch and the balance of values. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 343-344.

Perception, Action, & Cognition

Lu, A., Hodges, B. H., Zhang, J., & Wang, X. (2012). A Whorfian speed bump? Effects of Chinese color names on recognition across hemispheres. Language Sciences, 34, 591-603.

Lu, A., Mo, L., & Hodges, B. H. (2011). The weight of time: Affordances for an integrated magnitude system. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1855-1866.

Lu, A., Hodges, B., Zhang, J., & Zhang, J. X. (2009). Contextual effects on number-time interaction. Cognition, 113, 117-122.

Hodges, B. H. (2007). Values define fields: The intentional dynamics of driving, carrying, leading, negotiating, and conversing. Ecological Psychology, 19, 153-178.

Hodges, B. H., & Lindhiem, O. (2006). Carrying babies and groceries: The effect of moral and social weight on caring. Ecological Psychology, 18, 93-111.


Hodges, B. H. (in press). Righting language: The view from ecological psychology. Language Sciences.

Hodges, B. H., Steffensen, S. V., & Martin, J. E. (2012). Caring, conversing, and realizing values: New directions in language studies. Language Sciences, 34, 499-506.

Hodges, B. H., Steffensen, S. V., & Martin, J. E. (Eds.). (2012). Caring and conversing: The distributed dynamics of dialogue [Special issue]. Language Sciences, 34(5).

Hodges, B. H., & Fowler, C. A. (Eds.). (2011). Distributed, ecological, and dynamical approaches to languaging and language [Special issue]. Ecological Psychology, 23, (3).

Fowler, C. A., & Hodges, B. H. (2011). Dynamics and languaging: Toward an ecology of language. Ecological Psychology, 23, 147-156.

Hodges, B. H., & Fowler, C. A. (Eds.). (2010). Distributed, dynamical, and dialogical: New coordinations for language [Special issue]. Ecological Psychology, 22 (4).

Hodges, B. H., & Fowler, C. A. (2010). New affordances for language: Distributed, dynamical, and dialogical resources. Ecological Psychology, 22, 239-253.

Hodges, B. H. (2009). Ecological pragmatics: Values, dialogical arrays, complexity, and caring. Pragmatics & Cognition, 17, 628–652.

Hodges, B. H. (2007). Good prospects: Ecological and social perspectives on conforming, creating, and caring in conversation. Language Sciences, 29, 584-604.

Values-Realizing Theory

Hodges, B. H. (2006). Persons as obligated: A values-realizing psychology in light of Bakhtin, Macmurray, and Levinas. In P. Vitz and S. Felch (Eds.), The self: Beyond the postmodern crisis (pp. 63-81). Wilmington, DE: ISI Press.

Hodges, B. H., & Baron, R. M. (1992). Values as constraints on affordances: Perceiving and acting properly. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 22, 263-294.

Research interests

My research is focused in three diverse areas--social psychology, language, and perception & action psychology. In social psychology the focus has been on how people in social dilemmas balance multiple sources of information, multiple relationships, and multiple constraints on action in ways that allow them to act appropriately. In particular I have been interested in how inconsistent patterns reveal creativity and competence in dealing with such delicate situations, rather than merely indicating confusion and consternation. In language the focus has been on pragmatics and, in particular, the way in which rules are bent or broken in order to realize the goods of conversing with others. More broadly the concern has been to explore ecological, dialogical, and distributed ways of understanding why and how we talk with each other. Studies in perception and action have focused on affordances and the way in which physical, social, and moral dimensions of action and perception are integrated. Some studies have focused on how it is that we engage in and recognize careful actions, while others have focused on how the perception of time and weight affect each other. All of this work, both theoretical and empirical, is related to a larger, longer-range project, which is to develop an ecological account of values.

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