Adam Waytz
Adam Waytz

Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Print Overview
Adam Waytz is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations. His research uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other agents and to investigate processes related to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, and ethics. Professor Waytz’s research has been published in leading journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Review. In recognition of his work, Professor Waytz received the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Professor Waytz received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, his PhD in social psychology from the University of Chicago, and received a National Service Research Award from the National Institute of Health to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Areas of Expertise
Intergroup Behavior
Social Media
Print Vita
Ph.D., 2009, Psychology, University of Chicago
M.A., 2006, Psychology, University of Chicago
B.A., 2003, Psychology, Columbia University, Summa Cum Laude

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2011-present
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, Harvard University-2011

Print Research
Research Interests
Ethics and morality, Mind perception, Dehumanization, Social connection, Meaning-making, Social influence, Self-control

Gray, Kurt, Liane Young and Adam Waytz. 2012. The Moral Dyad: A Fundamental Template Unifying Moral Judgment. Psychological Inquiry. 23(2): 206-215.
Waytz, Adam and Nicholas Epley. 2012. Social connection enables dehumanization. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 48: 70-76.
Caruso, E., K. Vohs, B. Baxter and Adam Waytz. 2012. Mere Exposure to money increases endorsement of free market systems and social inequality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 10.1037/a0029288
Waytz, Adam and Liane Young. 2012. The group member mind tradeoff: Attributing minds to groups versus group members. Psychological Science. 23: 77-85.
Gray, K., Liane Young and Adam Waytz. 2012. Mind perception is the essence of morality. Psychological Inquiry. 23: 101-124. [Target Article].
Phelan, Mark and Adam Waytz. 2012. The moral cognition consciousness connection. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 3: 293-301.
Trawalter, Sophie, Kelly Hoffman and Adam Waytz. 2012. Racial bias in perceptions of others pain. PLoS ONE. 7(11): e48546.
Haque, O.S. and Adam Waytz. 2012. Dehumanization in medicine: Causes, solutions, and functions. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 7: 176-186. *equal authorship.
Waytz, Adam, J. Zaki and J. P. Mitchell. 2012. Response of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex predicts altruistic behavior. Journal of Neuroscience. 32: 7646-7650.
Waytz, Adam and J. P. Mitchell. 2011. Two mechanisms for simulating other minds: Dissociations between mirroring and self-projection. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 20: 197-200.
Waytz, Adam, C.K. Morewedge, Nicholas Epley, G. Monteleone, J-H. Gao and J. T. Cacioppo. 2010. Making sense by making sentient: Unpredictability increases anthropomorphism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 99: 410-435.
Waytz, Adam, K. Gray, Nicholas Epley and D.M. Wegner. 2010. Causes and consequences of mind perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 14: 383-388.
Waytz, Adam, J. T. Cacioppo and Nicholas Epley. 2010. Who sees human? The stability and importance of individual differences in anthropomorphism. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 5: 219-232.
Caruso, E., Adam Waytz and Nicholas Epley. 2010. The intentional mind and the hot hand: Perceiving intentions makes streaks seem likely to continue. Cognition. 116: 149-153.
Waytz, Adam, Nicholas Epley and J. T. Cacioppo. 2010. Social cognition unbound: Psychological insights into anthropomorphism and dehumanization. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 19: 58-62.
Epley, Nicholas, Adam Waytz, S. Akalis and J. T. Cacioppo. 2008. When we need a human: Motivational determinants of anthropomorphism. Social Cognition. 26: 143-155.
Epley, Nicholas, S. Akalis and Adam Waytz. 2008. Creating social connection through inferential reproduction. Psychological Science. 19: 114-120.
Epley, Nicholas, Adam Waytz and J. T. Cacioppo. 2007. On seeing human: A three-factor theory of anthropomorphism. Psychological Review. 114: 864-886.
Working Papers
Kteily, Nour S., E. Bruneau and Adam Waytz. 'The Ascent of Man': A Theoretical and Empirical Case for Blatant Dehumanization .
Waytz, Adam and J. Zaki. 2014. Placebic Altruism: When Meaningless Giving Compensates for Meaningful Selfishness.
Waytz, Adam and Liane Young. 2014. Aversion to Playing God: A Key Principle Underlying Moral Judgment.
Waytz, Adam and Liane Young. 2014. Effectance, Enemyship, and Agency: When We See the Outgroup Mind.
Waytz, Adam, Eileen Chou, J. Magee and Adam Galinsky. 2014. Not So Lonely at the Top: The Relationship Between Loneliness and Power.
Book Chapters
Waytz, Adam, J. Schroeder and Nicholas Epley. 2013. "Lesser Minds." In Are We All Human? Advances in Understanding Humanness and Dehumanization, edited by Paul Bain, Jeroen Vaes and Jacques-Philippe Leyens, London, UK: Psychology Press.
Young, Liane and Adam Waytz. 2013. "Mind and Morality." In Understanding Other Minds, edited by Helen Tager-Flusberg and Simon Baron-Cohen, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Waytz, Adam, Nadav Klein and Nicholas Epley. 2013. "Imagining Other Minds: Anthropomorphism is Hair Triggered But Not Hare Brained." In The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination, edited by Marjorie Taylor, 272-287. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Waytz, Adam. 2013. "Social connection and seeing human." In The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion, edited by C. Nathan DeWall, 251-256. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Waytz, Adam. 2013. "Anthropomorphism: Understanding What it Means to be Human." In The Psychology of Meaning, edited by Keith Markman, Travis Proulx and Matthew Lindberg, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Values-based leadership
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Values Based Leadership (KPPI-460-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations, Social Enterprise.

Formerly SEEK-460-0

The first issue a leader in the role of manager, entrepreneur, investor or stakeholder must address about an organization concerns its "value proposition," whether deciding to enter an industry or to begin an undertaking. However, this analysis is incomplete if leaders fail to consider the wider impact of the organization's actions on its own employees and on society. This course focuses on the problem of incorporating a wide variety of value perspectives into decision-making. Values-based leadership involves the ability to take the disparate value propositions of various stakeholders and integrate them into a coherent vision. We explore how recognizing and incorporating competing values claims throughout the organization is often facilitated and hindered by a number of psychological, organizational and cultural processes. Students will come to understand the variety of underlying mechanisms managers of organizations typically have at their disposal to successfully implement values objectives and select among different approaches, while anticipating the constraints placed on choice by the organization's market and non-market environments.

The Individual and the Organization (MORS-424-1)
This course focuses on individual behavior in organizational settings. Topics for analysis include social cognition, decision making, negotiation groups, social influence, norms, fairness and equity theory. Recent empirical research will be evaluated in each of these areas, and implications will be studied in terms of theoretical advancement, empirical study and practical applications.