(* indicates equal authorship, ^ indicates last and corresponding author)


Kuchaki, M., Smith, I., & Savani, K. (in press). Does deciding among morally relevant options feel like making a choice? How morality constrains people’s sense of choice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lu, L., Li, F., Leung, K., Savani, K., & Morris, M. W. (2018). When can culturally diverse teams can be more creative? The role of leaders’ benevolent paternalism. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 402-415.

Morris, M. W., Savani, K., & Fincher, K. (in press). Metacognition fosters cultural learning: Evidence from individual differences and situational prompts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Nai, J., Narayanan, J., Hernandez, I., Tan, J., & Savani, K.^ (2018). People in more diverse neighborhoods are more prosocialJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 497-515.

Rattan, A., Savani, K., Kommaraju, M., Morrison, M., Boggs, C., & Ambady, N. (2018). Meta-lay theories of scientific potential drive women and minorities’ sense of belonging in science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 54-75.

Savani, K., & Zou, X. (in press). Making the leader identity salient can be demotivating. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Tripathi, R., & Cervone, D., Savani, K. (in press). Are the motivational effects of autonomy-supportive conditions universal? Contrasting results among Indians and Americans. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Basu, S., & Savani, K.^ (2017). Choosing one at a time? Simultaneously presented options help people make more optimal decisions than sequentially presented options. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 139, 76-91.
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Savani, K., & Job, V. (2017) Reverse ego-depletion: Acts of self-control can improve subsequent performance in Indian cultural contextsJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 589-607.

Savani, K.,* Rattan, A.,* & Dweck, C. S. (2017). Is education a fundamental right or a scarce resource? Beliefs about intellectual potential shape people’s positions on educationPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1284-1295.

Savani, K., Stephens, N. M., & Markus, H. R. (2017). Choice as an engine of analytic thought. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 1234-1246.

Uchida, Y.,* Savani, K.,* Hidefumi, H., & Kaino, K. (2017). Do you always choose what you like? Subtle social cues increase preference-choice consistency among Japanese but not among Americans. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.


Savani, K., Mead, N. L., Stillman, T., & Vohs, K. D. (2016). No match for money: Even in intimate relationships and collectivistic cultures, reminders of money weaken sociomoral responses. Self and Identity, 15342-355.


Rattan, A., Savani, K., Chugh, D., & Dweck, C. S. (2015). Leveraging Mindsets to Promote Academic Achievement: Policy Recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 721-726.

Savani, K., Cho, J., Baik, S., & Morris, M. W. (2015). Culture and judgment and decision making. In M. In G. Wu & G. Keren (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making (pp. 456-477). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Savani, K. & King D. (2015). Perceiving outcomes as determined by external forces: The role of event construal in attenuating the outcome bias. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 130136-146.

Savani, K., Wadhwa, M., Uchida, Y., Ding, Y., & Naidu, N. V. R. (2015). When norms loom larger than the self: Susceptibility of preference-choice consistency to normative influence across cultures. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 129, 70-79.


Morris, M. W., Savani, K., Mor, S., & Cho, J. (2014). When in Rome: Processes of intercultural learning and implications for training. Research in Organizational Behavior, 34189-215.

Morris, M. W., Savani, K., Roberts, R. D. (2014). Intercultural competence, assessment, and learning: Implications for organizational and public policies. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 63-71.


Ilies, R., Peng, C., Savani, K., & Dimotakis, N. (2013). Guilty and helpful: An emotion-based reparatory model of voluntary work behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, 981051-1059.

Patel, N., Savani, K., Dave, P., Shah, K., Klemmer, S., & Parikh, T. (2013). Power to the peers: Authority of source effects for a voice-based agricultural information service in rural India. Information and Communication Technologies and Development, 981-93.

Savani, K., Alvarez, A., Mesquita, B., & Markus, H. R. (2013). Feeling close and doing well: The prevalence and motivational effects of interpersonally engaging emotions in Mexican and European American cultural contexts. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 682-694.


Au, E. W. M., Chiu, C. Y., Chaturvedi, A., Mallorie, L., Vishwanathan, M., Xue, Z., & Savani, K.(2012). Negotiable fate: Social ecological foundation and psychological functions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43931-942.

Rattan, A.,* Savani, K.,* Naidu, N. V. R., & Dweck, C. S. (2012). Can everyone become intelligent? Cultural differences and societal consequences of the belief in a universal potential for intelligence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 5787-803.

Savani, K& Markus, H. R. (2012). Evidence for cultural expertise in dynamic visual attention: European Americans outperform Asians in multiple object tracking. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40766-769.

Savani, K., Morris, M. W., Naidu, N. V. R. (2012). Deference in Indians’ decision making: Introjected goals or injunctive norms. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104685-699.

Savani, K.,* & Rattan, A.* (2012). A choice mindset increases the acceptance and maintenance of wealth inequality. Psychological Science, 23, 796-804.


Au, E. W. M., Chiu, C. Y., Chaturvedi, A., Mallorie, L., Vishwanathan, M., Xue, Z., & Savani, K.(2011). Maintaining faith in agency under immutable constraints: Cognitive consequences of believing in negotiable fate. International Journal of Psychology, 46463-474.

Doyle, J. R., Chen, C. H., & Savani, K. (2011). New designs for research in delay discounting. Judgment and Decision Making, 6759-770.

Savani, K., Kumar, S., Naidu, N. V. R., & Dweck, C. S. (2011). Beliefs in emotional residue: The idea that emotions leave a trace in the physical environment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101684-701.

Savani, K., Morris, M. W., Naidu, N. V. R., Kumar. S., & Berlia, N. (2011). Cultural conditioning: Understanding interpersonal accommodation in India and the U.S. in terms of the modal characteristics of interpersonal influence situations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 10084-102.

Savani, K., Stephens, N. M., & Markus, H. R. (2011). The unanticipated interpersonal and societal consequences of choice: Victim-blaming and reduced support for the public good. Psychological Science, 22, 795-802.

2010 & previous

Savani, K., Markus, H. R., Naidu, N. V. R., Kumar, S., & Berlia, V. (2010). What counts as a choice? U.S. Americans are more likely than Indians to construe actions as choices. Psychological Science, 21391-398.

Savani, K., Markus, H. R., & Conner, A. L. (2008). Let your preference be your guide? Preferences and choices are more tightly linked for North Americans than for Indians. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95861-876.