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Mark Davis

Professor of Psychology

Mark DavisBehavioral Sciences Collegium
PhD., University of Texas at Austin, 1979

Specialty: Empathy, Helping Behavior, Interpersonal Conflict
Phone: 727.864.8263
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Office: Continuing Education Center
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

After several long, cold years teaching in the Midwest (Indiana University and Eastern Illinois University), Mark came to Eckerd in 1986, and has been here ever since. He is the author of over 50 articles and two books, and often involves undergraduates in his research; over the past 10 years, 27 different Eckerd students have been co-authors with him on papers that have been delivered at psychological conferences or published in psychological journals. In addition to his primary interests in studying empathy, helping behavior, and interpersonal conflict, Mark has also done research into such topics as why movies released late in the year (October through December) receive more Academy Award nominations, and whether major league batters perform more poorly in pressure situations. This may explain why he watches so many movies and has season tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays. Mark's e-mail address is davismh@eckerd.edu.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PS 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 302: Social Psychology
  • PS 312: The Psychology of Interpersonal Conflict
  • PS 322: Advanced Social Research

Selected Publications

  • Chambers, J.R., & Davis, M.H. (2012). The role of the self in perspective-taking and empathy: Ease of self-simulation as a heuristic for inferring empathic feelings. Social Cognition, 30, 153-180.
  • Davis, M.H., & Maitner, A.T. (2009). Perspective taking and intergroup helping. In M. Snyder and S. Stürmer (eds.), The Psychology of Prosocial Behavior: Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, and Helping. Blackwell Publishing: Malden, MA.
  • Davis, M. H., Conklin, L., Smith, A., and Luce, C. (1996). Effect of perspective taking on the cognitive representation of persons: A merging of self and other. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 713-726.
  • Davis, M.H., Hall, J.A., and Meyer, M. (2003). The first year: influences on the satisfaction, involvement, and persistence of new community volunteers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 248-260.
  • Davis, M.H., Capobianco, S., & Kraus, L.A. (2004). Measuring conflict-related behaviors: reliability and validity evidence regarding the Conflict Dynamics Profile. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 64, 707-731.
  • Davis, M.H., Soderlund, T., Cole, J., Gadol, E., Kute, M., Myers, M., & Weihing, J. (2004). Cognitions associated with attempts to empathize: how do we imagine the perspective of another? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1625-1635.
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B.A. or B.S.

Students majoring in psychology have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts or Science. The B.A. program is intended for students who want a strong background in psychology as preparation for careers in such areas as law, public health, and medicine. The B.S. program is intended for students who plan to go on to graduate school in some area of psychology.

The Eckerd Difference

<strong>Rachel Feinberg</strong>---Atlanta, GA---Psychology

"Eckerd met every one of my expectations and more. Here I can be driven, focused, and able to explore any area I please thanks to the dedication of teachers, faculty, and friends. At the same time, I am able to take advantage of Eckerd's beautiful environment, calming atmosphere, and fun activities to make my education experience an enjoyable one." - Rachel Feinberg, Psychology major