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Dr. Donald R. Gaffney (Ryan) is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Ryan specializes in consumer inference and perceptions of uncertainty. Through a social information processing lens, Ryan's research investigates behavior in times and types of uncertainty. Fake news, public health, and consumer well-being are just a few domains in which Ryan conducts his research. Within these areas, Ryan often seeks to understand the role limited information has on decision-making and inference.
Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021 - present

Employment

Education

University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., 2017-2021, Marketing | Concentration: Information Processing
 
M.Sc., 2016-2017, Marketing | Concentration: Consumer Psychology
 
BBA, 2013-2016, Majors: International Business, Marketing

Kardes, Frank R., Steve S. Posavac, & Donald R. Gaffney (Forthcoming), “Omission Neglect and Judgment and Inference Based on Limited Evidence,” In L. R. Kahle, T. M. Lowrey & J. Huber (Eds.), Handbook of Consumer Psychology. Routledge.

Posavac, Steve S., Frank R. Kardes, Heidi D. Posavac & Donald R. Gaffney, (2021), “The Utility of Clinical Psychology Concepts for Judgment and Decision Making Research: The Case of Histrionic Features,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Kellaris, James J., Karen A. Machleit & Donald R. Gaffney (2020), “Sign Evaluation and Compliance Under Mortality Salience: Lessons from a Pandemic,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, 4 (2), 51-66.

Publications

In the Works

Wu, Ruomeng, MengMeng Liu, Donald R. Gaffney & Frank R. Kardes (Preparing for Submission). As Good as New: The Role of Product Condition in Culture. Targeting the Journal of Consumer Research.

Gaffney, Donald R., Bryan M. Buechner & Noah VanBergen (Preparing for Submission). The Will of the People: The Role of Subjective Uncertainty Variant on Inference and Behavior. Targeting the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. 

Gaffney, Donald R., Joshua J. Clarkson & Frank R. Kardes (Preparing for Submission). Cognitive Motivations of Ideological Extremity. Targeting Science.

Krishnan, Vijaykumar, James J. Kellaris & Donald R. Gaffney (Preparing for Submission). Sonic Logos: Designing Distinctive Auditory Identities. Targeting the Journal of Marketing.

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Susan Mantel & Frank R. Kardes (Data Collection). Gricean Uncertainty: The Role of Communication Norms in Product Reviews. Targeting the Journal of Consumer Research

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes & Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (Data Collection). The Veil of Trust: Media Effects on Hidden Information. Targeting Psychological Science.

Gaffney, Donald R., Bryan M. Buechner, Noah VanBergen (2021), "Subjective Uncertainty and the Belief-Behavior Link for COVID-19 Countermeasure Compliance," presented at the 2021 Association for Psychological Science Virtual Convention, Virtual. 
 

Posavac, Steven S., Frank R. Kardes, Heidi D. Posavac, and Donald R. Gaffney (2021), "Decision Motives and Judgment Tendencies of the Histrionic Personality," presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Virtual.

 

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Susan Powell Mantel, and Frank R. Kardes (2021), " Grice in the 21st Century: Product Reviews and their Authors," paper to be presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
 

Kardes, Frank R. and Donald R. Gaffney (2020), “Omission Neglect: Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” paper presented at TEDxUCincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

 

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (2020), "Encounters of Distrust on Hidden Information," paper accepted for the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
 

Gaffney, Donald R., Ruomeng Wu, Meng Liu, and Frank R. Kardes (2020), "Cross-Cultural Differences in New versus Used Products," paper accepted for the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
 

Neybert, Emma, Donald R. Gaffney, Liang Shen, Stephanie Flout, Maxwell Richards, and Frank R. Kardes, Sarah Elizabeth Perry, and Zoey Phelps (2020), “Novel Moderators of the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-profound Bullshit,” paper presented at the 41st Annual Conference of Society for Judgement and Decision Making, virtual.

 

Gaffney, Donald R., Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer Jr. (2019), "Does Feeling Ignorant Give Us More Control?" paper presented at the Annual Association for Consumer Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer (2019), “Seeing the Unseen:  The Role of Distrust in Considering Missing Information,” paper presented at the Annual Association for Consumer Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.

 

Gaffney, Donald R., Ruomeng Wu, and Frank R. Kardes (2019), "As Good as New: Cross-Cultural Differences in Losing Face and Preference of New versus Used Products," paper presented at the CLIK Conference, Louisville, KY.
 

[Invited] Gaffney, Donald R. (2019), “Uncertainty within Self: The Impact of Subjective Uncertainty in Marketing,” paper presented at the University of Cincinnati Bicentennial Community Day, Cincinnati, OH.

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Presentations