Papers

Selected Publications

Kim, N. S., Khalife, D., Judge, K. A., Paulus, D. J., Jordan, J. T., & Yopchick, J. E. (2013). Visual causal models enhance clinical explanations of treatments for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Health Communication, 18, 103-117. [pdf]

de Kwaadsteniet, L., Kim, N. S., & Yopchick, J. E. (2013). How do practicing
clinicians and students apply newly learned causal information about mental disorders?
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 19, 112-117. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., Paulus, D. J., Gonzalez, J. S., & Khalife, D. (2012). Proportionate responses to life events influence clinicians’ judgments of psychological abnormality. Psychological Assessment, 24, 581-591. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., Paulus, D. J., Nguyen, T. P., & Gonzalez, J. S. (2012). Do clinical psychologists extend the bereavement exclusion for major depression to other stressful life events? Medical Decision Making, 32, 820-830. [pdf]

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2012). Causal reasoning and hindsight bias: A minimalist approach. Cognitive Processing, 13, 63-72. [pdf]

Kim, L. R., & Kim, N. S. (2011). A proximity effect in adults’ contamination intuitions. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 222-229. [pdf]

Rottman, B. M., Kim, N. S., Ahn, W., & Sanislow, C. A. (2011). Can personality disorder experts recognize DSM-IV personality disorders from Five-Factor Model descriptions of patient cases? The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 630-639. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., Luhmann, C. C., Pierce, M. E., & Ryan, M. M. (2009). The conceptual centrality of causal cycles. Memory & Cognition, 37, 744-758. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., & LoSavio, S. T. (2009). Causal explanations affect judgments of the need for psychological treatment. Judgment and Decision Making, 4, 82-91. [pdf]

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2009). The influence of causal information on judgments of treatment efficacy. Memory & Cognition, 37, 29-41. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., & Park, E. Y. (2009). ConceptBuilder: An open-source software tool for measuring, depicting and quantifying causal models. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 128-136. [pdf] [software]

Rottman, B. M., Ahn, W., Sanislow, C. A., & Kim, N. S. (2009). Can clinicians recognize DSM-IV personality disorders from Five-Factor Model descriptions of patient cases? The American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 427-433. [pdf] [AJP Editorial]

Kim, N. S., Yopchick, J. E., & de Kwaadsteniet, L. (2008). Causal diversity effects in information seeking. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 81-88. [pdf]

Ahn, W., & Kim, N. S. (2008). Causal theories of mental disorder concepts. Psychological Science Agenda, 22, 3-8.[pdf]

Ahn, W., & Kim, N. S. (2005). The effect of causal theories on mental disorder diagnosis. In W. Ahn, R. Goldstone, B. Love, A. Markman, & P. Wolff (Eds.), Categorization inside and outside the laboratory: Festschrift in honor of Douglas L. Medin (pp. 273-288). Washington, DC: APA. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., & Keil, F. C. (2003). From symptoms to causes: Diversity effects in diagnostic reasoning. Memory & Cognition, 31, 155-165. [pdf]

Ahn, W., Novick, L, & Kim, N. S. (2003). “Understanding it makes it normal:” Causal explanations influence person perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10, 746-752. [pdf]

Kim, N. S., & Ahn, W. (2002). Clinical psychologists’ theory-based representations of mental disorders predict their diagnostic reasoning and memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 131, 451-476. [pdf]*
      * This research was also covered in the APA Monitor [link]

Kim, N. S., & Ahn, W. (2002). The influence of naive causal theories on lay concepts of mental illness. American Journal of Psychology, 115, 33-65. [pdf]

Keil, F. C., Kim, N. S., & Greif, M. (2002). Categories and levels of representation. In E. Forde & G. Humphreys (Eds.), Category Specificity in Brain and Mind (pp. 375-401). Psychology Press. [pdf]

Ahn, W., & Kim, N. S. (2001). The causal status effect in categorization: An overview. In D. L. Medin (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 40 (pp. 23-65). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. [pdf]

Ahn, W., Kim, N. S., Lassaline, M. E., & Dennis, M. (2000). Causal status as a determinant of feature centrality. Cognitive Psychology, 41, 361-416. [pdf]

Selected Conference Presentations

Weine, E. R., & Kim, N. S. (2013, March). Understanding and excusing alcohol use disorders. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Weine, E. R., & Kim, N. S. (2012, November). Causal explanations and judgments of desired social distance and intervention need. Poster presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2012, March). The influence of causal explanations and experience on problem categorization decisions. Paper presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2012, January). Causal explanations and perceptions of children’s behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Kim, N. S., Nguyen, T. P., & Paulus, D. J. (2011, August). Causal life events influence clinical psychologists’ diagnoses of major depression. In O. Kostopoulou & Y. Hagmayer (Chairs), Clinical reasoning. Symposium conducted at the 23rd Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making conference of the European Association for Decision Making, Kingston, UK.

Kim, N. S., Nguyen, T. P., & Paulus, D. J. (2011, July). Explanatory context overrides formal category definitions in clinical experts’ diagnostic judgments. Paper presented at the 33rd meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2011, July). Causal explanations guide inferences about children’s bizarre behaviors. Poster presented at the 33rd meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Kim, N. S., Nguyen, T. P., & Paulus, D. J. (2011, March). Causal explanations and inferences about statistical and cultural normality. In N. S. Kim (Chair), Reasoning about causes, intentions, and the unseen. Symposium conducted at the 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Kim, N. S., Paulus, D. J., & Khalife, D. (November, 2010). Causal precipitants and expert judgments of psychological normality. Paper presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri.

Kim, N. S., Khalife, D., & Paulus, D. J. (2010, April). When normal behavior is abnormal: Causal precipitants and judgments of normality. Paper presented at the 5th International Workshop on Clinical Reasoning, London, UK.

Kim, N. S., LoSavio, S. T., & Khalife, D. (2010, March). Causal explanations and judgments of psychological normality. In B. Rehder (Chair), Modern causal reasoning: Intentionality, morality, and normality. Symposium conducted at the 81st annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2010, March). Hindsight bias and causal reasoning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Yopchick, J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2010, January). Causal reasoning and hindsight bias. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, Nevada.*
      * Jennelle Yopchick received a First Place Student Poster Award

Kim, L. R., & Kim, N. S. (2009, November). The magical contagion effect: Associative and essence-transmission mechanisms. Poster presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Rottman, B. M., Kim, N. S., Ahn, W., & Sanislow, C. A. (2009, July). The cognitive consequences of using categorical versus dimensional classification systems: The case of personality disorder experts. Poster presented at the 31st annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Kim, N. S., & LoSavio, S. T. (2009, May). Causal explanations and judgments of the need for psychological treatment. Paper presented at the 4th European Workshop on Causal Reasoning in Clinical Decision Making, Málaga, Spain.

de Kwaadsteniet, L., & Kim, N. S. (2009, May). Can we predict the interpretation of ambiguous symptoms from the causal status of symptoms in clinicians’ theories for disorders? Paper presented at the 4th European Workshop on Causal Reasoning in Clinical Decision Making, Málaga, Spain.

Kim, N. S., & LoSavio, S. T. (2008, November). The “understanding it makes it normal” effect in judgments of the need for psychological treatment. Poster presented at the 29th annual meeting of The Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Chicago, IL.

de Kwaadsteniet, L., Kim, N. S., & Yopchick, J. E. (2008, July). Causal diversity effects in clinical psychologists’ diagnostic reasoning. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

de Kwaadsteniet, L., Kim, N. S., & Yopchick, J. E. (2008, April). Examining the influence of the causal structure of knowledge on diagnostic decisions: Expertise effects. Paper presented at the 3rd European Workshop on Causal Reasoning in Clinical Decision Making, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Kim, N. S., de Kwaadsteniet, L., & Yopchick, J. E. (2008, March). Causal diversity effects in clinical thinking. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Yopchick. J. E., & Kim, N. S. (2007, November). The influence of causal information on treatment choice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA.

de Kwaadsteniet, L., & Kim, N. S. (2007, April). Causal diversity effects in diagnosticians’ reasoning. Paper presented at the 2nd European Workshop on Causal Reasoning in Clinical Decision Making, Leuven, Belgium.

Kim, N. S., & Yopchick. J. E. (2006, November). Causal diversity effects in information search. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Houston, TX.

Kim, N. S., & Ryan, M. M. (2006, July). Causal cycles in categorization. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, BC.

Kim, N. S. (2005, July). Stability and instability over time in explanatory theories of concepts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa, Italy.

Kim, N. S. (2005, July). Measuring diverse lay and expert theories of mental disorders. Poster presented at the annual National Institute of Mental Health meeting on Mental Health Services Research, Bethesda, MD.

Kim, N. S. (2004, November). The malleability of lay explanatory theories for mental disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Kim, N. S. (2004, May). Lay causal explanations for racism and sexism. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.

Kim, N. S., & Keil, F. (2001, November). From symptoms to causes: Diversity effects in diagnostic reasoning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, FL.

Ahn, W., Novick, L., & Kim, N. S. (2001, November). “Understanding it makes it normal:” Causal explanations influence person perception. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, FL.

Kim, N. S., & Ahn, W. (2001, August). Theory-based reasoning in clinical psychologists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kim, N. S., & Ahn, W. (2000, November). Theory-based reasoning in clinical psychologists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

Kim, N. S., & Ahn, W. (1999, November). The influence of naive causal theories on lay diagnoses of mental illness Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA.