Mark Davis

Professor of Psychology

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 1993


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1979
B.A., University of Iowa, 1975

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.


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.