Dr Ilan Dar-Nimrod

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia (2008)
  • Master of Arts, University of British Columbia (2004)
  • Bachelor (Double Major), University of Haifa (2001)
    • Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
    • "Ofakim" - University of Haifa Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Research interests

What Do Your Genes Say About You? Genetic Essentialism

My main line of research examines the effects of perceived genetic aetiology for various phenomena. Integrating research from diverse disciplines (e.g., psychology, communication, sociology, history, political science, law), I examine how communication of theories that emphasize genetic explanations can affect a wide variety of psychological outcomes, from test performance to moral evaluations. What happens if you have the obesity gene? What happens if you think you do???

G x E: Genetic by Environment Interactions

A virtual consensus among scientists indicates that complex human phenomena are products of interactions between genetics and the environment. Some research also indicates that when people learn of these interactive findings, deleterious effects that are apparent following pure genetic attributions are mitigated (related to my abovementioned interest). Despite this consensus, the amount of empirical research dedicated to these important interactions is shockingly small compared with the amount of research dedicated to study each of these vast areas independently (i.e., genes and genome on the one hand, the environment on the other). I’m currently working on G x E projects related to cognitive function and Alzheimer’s disease among older adults, but I plan to extend it to other health domains.

Are You Cool? Personality & Individual Differences

The specific characteristics which lead to the wonderful phenotypic human diversity have always intrigued me. I combined some of my main research interests (genes and the environment) with a focus on the more established personality traits (the Big 5) in a couple of projects. I also used some more traditional methodologies such as surveys and experiments to look at some of the less studied aspects of human personality such asChoice-Making OrientationandCoolness.

Death and Meaninglessness: Existential Psychology

Thoughts about our ultimate inevitable demise do not only bring a shiver down our spines, but also have been shown to non-consciously affect our attitudes, evaluations, and behaviours. This focus that was empirically pioneered by 3 psychologists who gave their theory the ominous name “Terror Management Theory”, have been impactful in the last couple of decades. It has been recently challenged by the elegant “Meaning Maintenance Model,” which seems to be more aligned with existential philosophical accounts from Kierkegaard to Sartre. This is a fascinating subject that combines longstanding philosophical perspectives with contemporary psychological experimental methodologies in a spectacular interdisciplinary symbiosis.

Selected grants

2014

  • The Power of Causal Attributions: Genetic Essentialist Biases and Health; Haslam N, Dar-Nimrod I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Lisandrelli, G. (2012). It's in My Genes: Causal Attributions and Perceptions of Choice. Advances in Psychology Research (Volume 95), (pp. 187-198). ebook: Nova Science Publishers.

Journals

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Zuckermon, M., Duberstein, P. (2013). The effects of learning about one’s own genetic susceptibility to alcoholism: a randomized experiment. Genetics in Medicine, 15(2), 132-138. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, D., Lehman, D., Chapman, B., Duberstein, P. (2012). Coolness: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(3), 175-185. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Chapman, B., Robbins, J., Porsteinsson, A., Mapstone, M., Duberstein, P. (2012). Gene by neuroticism interaction and cognitive function among older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 1147-1154. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Chapman, B., Franks, P., Robbins, J., Porsteinsson, A., Mapstone, M., Duberstein, P. (2012). Personality Factors Moderate the Associations Between Apolipoprotein Genotype and Cognitive Function as Well as Late Onset Alzheimer Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(12), 1026-1035. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012). Postgenomics and genetic essentialism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(5), 362-363. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012). Viewing Death on Television Increases the Appeal of Advertised Products. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152(2), 199-211. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Cheung, B., Schaller, M. (2011). Do scientific theories affect men’s evaluations of sex crimes? Aggressive Behavior, 37(5), 440-449. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2011). Genetic essentialism: on the deceptive determinism of DNA. Psychological Bulletin, 137(5), 800-818. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2011). Some thoughts on essence placeholders, interactionism and heritability: Reply to Haslam (2011) and Turkheimer (2011). Psychological Bulletin, 137(5), 829-833. [More Information]
  • Norenzayan, A., Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, T. (2009). Mortality salience and religion: divergent effects on the defense of cultural worldviews for the religious and the non-religious. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(1), 101-113. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D., Schwartz, B. (2009). The Maximization Paradox: The costs of seeking alternatives. Personality and Individual Differences, 46(5-6), 631-635. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2007). Math ability in women - Nature versus nurture. Nano Today: an international rapid reviews journal, 2(3), 56-56. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2006). Exposure to Scientific Theories Affects Women's Math Performance. Science, 314(5798), 435-435. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2011). Perceived genetic etiology for problem drinking and alcoholism among lay people: Cognitive mechanisms and behavioural consequences. The 11th Annual Guze Symposium on Alcoholism.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2011). The hunt for the next Johnny Depp: How cool are thou? The 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2009). Genetic Essentialism: The Deceptive Power of Scientific Determinism. 2009 Society for Experimental Social Psychology Annul Meeting, USA: 2009 Society for Experimental Social Psychology Annul Meeting.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2008). Death on TV affects advertised products' appeal. The Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Winter Conference 2008, New Orleans, LA: Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP).
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2008). Genepower: Psychological effects of the the nature vs. nurture debate. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, United States of America: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Epstein Jayartne, T., LaFrance, M., Dar-Nimrod, I., Keller, J. (2008). Shackled by DNA: Some Consequences of Psychological Essentialism and Thinking about Genes. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, United States of America: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Markel, C. (2008). The Gender Divide Through a Genetic Lens: How Exposure to Genetic Theories Affects Behaviours and Attitudes. Canadian Psychological Association's Section on Women and Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D. (2008). The Maximization Paradox: Those Who Want More Get Less. The Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Winter Conference 2008, New Orleans, LA: Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP).
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Kozak, R. (2007). Death on TV increases desire to consume goods. 8th Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D. (2006). Choosing many choices: The agony of the "Maximization Paradox". 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Hansen, I., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2006). Democracy Culture: Support for unions, voters enthusiasm, authoritarianism and freedom. 2006 Annual Meeting for the International Society of Political Psychology, USA: International Society of Political Psychology.
  • Hansen, I., Dar-Nimrod, I., Hamamura, T., Suedfeld, P. (2006). No surprise to Lech Walensa: The relationship between support for unions and support for democratic participation and liberty. 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Lehman, D., Schwartz, B. (2006). When what we want is bad for us: initial evidence for the "Maximization Paradox". 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Hansen, I., Norenzayan, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2006). Would the World be more peaceful without devotion to God? 2006 Annual Meeting for the International Society of Political Psychology, USA: International Society of Political Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, T., Lehman, D. (2005). Is "Coolness" a mere extension of social desirability? 66th Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal: Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2005). It's not me it's my genes: Stereotype source's role in stereotype threat. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2005). Nature vs. nurture perceptions of stereotypes affect (under)performance. 66th Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal: Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Proulx, T., Hansen, I., Lehman, D. (2005). The "essence of Cool": Empirical investigation. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.

2013

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Zuckermon, M., Duberstein, P. (2013). The effects of learning about one’s own genetic susceptibility to alcoholism: a randomized experiment. Genetics in Medicine, 15(2), 132-138. [More Information]

2012

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, D., Lehman, D., Chapman, B., Duberstein, P. (2012). Coolness: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(3), 175-185. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Chapman, B., Robbins, J., Porsteinsson, A., Mapstone, M., Duberstein, P. (2012). Gene by neuroticism interaction and cognitive function among older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 1147-1154. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Lisandrelli, G. (2012). It's in My Genes: Causal Attributions and Perceptions of Choice. Advances in Psychology Research (Volume 95), (pp. 187-198). ebook: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Chapman, B., Franks, P., Robbins, J., Porsteinsson, A., Mapstone, M., Duberstein, P. (2012). Personality Factors Moderate the Associations Between Apolipoprotein Genotype and Cognitive Function as Well as Late Onset Alzheimer Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(12), 1026-1035. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012). Postgenomics and genetic essentialism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(5), 362-363. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012). Viewing Death on Television Increases the Appeal of Advertised Products. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152(2), 199-211. [More Information]

2011

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Cheung, B., Schaller, M. (2011). Do scientific theories affect men’s evaluations of sex crimes? Aggressive Behavior, 37(5), 440-449. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2011). Genetic essentialism: on the deceptive determinism of DNA. Psychological Bulletin, 137(5), 800-818. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2011). Perceived genetic etiology for problem drinking and alcoholism among lay people: Cognitive mechanisms and behavioural consequences. The 11th Annual Guze Symposium on Alcoholism.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2011). Some thoughts on essence placeholders, interactionism and heritability: Reply to Haslam (2011) and Turkheimer (2011). Psychological Bulletin, 137(5), 829-833. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2011). The hunt for the next Johnny Depp: How cool are thou? The 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

2009

  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2009). Genetic Essentialism: The Deceptive Power of Scientific Determinism. 2009 Society for Experimental Social Psychology Annul Meeting, USA: 2009 Society for Experimental Social Psychology Annul Meeting.
  • Norenzayan, A., Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, T. (2009). Mortality salience and religion: divergent effects on the defense of cultural worldviews for the religious and the non-religious. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(1), 101-113. [More Information]
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D., Schwartz, B. (2009). The Maximization Paradox: The costs of seeking alternatives. Personality and Individual Differences, 46(5-6), 631-635. [More Information]

2008

  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2008). Death on TV affects advertised products' appeal. The Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Winter Conference 2008, New Orleans, LA: Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP).
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2008). Genepower: Psychological effects of the the nature vs. nurture debate. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, United States of America: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Epstein Jayartne, T., LaFrance, M., Dar-Nimrod, I., Keller, J. (2008). Shackled by DNA: Some Consequences of Psychological Essentialism and Thinking about Genes. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, United States of America: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Markel, C. (2008). The Gender Divide Through a Genetic Lens: How Exposure to Genetic Theories Affects Behaviours and Attitudes. Canadian Psychological Association's Section on Women and Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D. (2008). The Maximization Paradox: Those Who Want More Get Less. The Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Winter Conference 2008, New Orleans, LA: Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP).

2007

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S., Kozak, R. (2007). Death on TV increases desire to consume goods. 8th Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I. (2007). Math ability in women - Nature versus nurture. Nano Today: an international rapid reviews journal, 2(3), 56-56. [More Information]

2006

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D. (2006). Choosing many choices: The agony of the "Maximization Paradox". 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Hansen, I., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2006). Democracy Culture: Support for unions, voters enthusiasm, authoritarianism and freedom. 2006 Annual Meeting for the International Society of Political Psychology, USA: International Society of Political Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2006). Exposure to Scientific Theories Affects Women's Math Performance. Science, 314(5798), 435-435. [More Information]
  • Hansen, I., Dar-Nimrod, I., Hamamura, T., Suedfeld, P. (2006). No surprise to Lech Walensa: The relationship between support for unions and support for democratic participation and liberty. 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Lehman, D., Schwartz, B. (2006). When what we want is bad for us: initial evidence for the "Maximization Paradox". 7th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Hansen, I., Norenzayan, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2006). Would the World be more peaceful without devotion to God? 2006 Annual Meeting for the International Society of Political Psychology, USA: International Society of Political Psychology.

2005

  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I., Proulx, T., Lehman, D. (2005). Is "Coolness" a mere extension of social desirability? 66th Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal: Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2005). It's not me it's my genes: Stereotype source's role in stereotype threat. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. (2005). Nature vs. nurture perceptions of stereotypes affect (under)performance. 66th Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal: Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Proulx, T., Hansen, I., Lehman, D. (2005). The "essence of Cool": Empirical investigation. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, USA: Society of Personality and Social Psychology.

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