Dr. Ditto received his B.A. from UCLA in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1986, both in psychology. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, he was a faculty member at Kent State University for 9 years before moving to UCI in 1997.
Dr. Ditto is a social psychologist whose expertise is in human judgment and decision making. His research focuses on "hot cognition" — how our motivations and emotions shape (and often bias) our social, political, moral, medical, and legal judgments.
His current research is focused on moral intuitionism and the psychological underpinnings of the "culture war" in contemporary American politics.