Montana State University

Contact Information

Ian M. Handley Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440 USA

Tel: (406) 994-6508
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Office: 322 Traphagen Hall


Ian M. Handley

Research Interests

  • Attitude Formation and Change
  • Unconscious Thinking Processes
  • Expectations and Perception
  • Social Cognition Broadly


  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2005), Psychology department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • Ph.D. (2003), Experimental Psychology (Social Track), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
  • M.S. (2000), Experimental Psychology (Social Track), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
  • B.S., cum laude (1997), Psychology, Ohio, State University, Columbus, Ohio

Recent Representative Publications

  • Handley, I. M., Rasinski, H. M., Fowler, S. L., Helfer, S. G., & Geers, A. L. (2013). Beliefs about expectations moderate the influence of expectations on pain perception. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20(1), 52-58.
  • Handley, I. M., & Goss, R. J. (2012). How mental simulations of the future and message-induced expectations influence purchasing goals. Psychology & Marketing, 29(6), 401-410.
  • Handley, I. M., & Runnion, B. M. (2011). Evidence that unconscious thinking influences persuasion based on argument quality. Social Cognition, 29(8, Unconscious Thought), 668-682.
  • Albarracin, D., & Handley, I. M. (2011). The time for doing is not the time for change: Effects of general action and inaction goals on attitude accessibility and attitude change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 983-998.
  • Noguchi, K., Handley, I. M., & Albarracin, D. (2011). Participating in politics resembles physical activity: General action patterns in international archives, US archives, and experiments. Psychological Science, 22, 235-242.
  • Handley, I. M., Albarracin, D., Brown, R. D., Li, H., Kumkale, E. C., & Kumkale, G. T.
    (2009). When the expectations from a message will not be realized: Naive theories can
    eliminate expectation-congruent judgments via correction. Journal of Experimental
    Social Psychology, 45
    , 933-939.
  • Albarracin, D., Handley, I. M., Noguchi, K., McCulloch, K. C., Li, H., Leeper, J., Brown, R. D., Earl, A., & Hart, W. P. (2008). Increasing and decreasing motor and cognitive output: A model of general action and inaction goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 510–523.

Recent Courses

  • Graduate Social Cognition (PSYX 546)
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis 1 (PSYX 502)
  • Social Cognition (PSYX 463)
  • Psychology of Film (PSYX 263)
  • Research Design & Analysis I (PSYX 223)
  • Honors Introductory Psychology (PSYX 110)

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Ian Handley last updated this page on Dec. 23, 2013.