Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Dar-Nimrod, Ilan

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2139-1

Early Life and Educational Background

Dar-Nimrod was born on January 31, 1972, in Haifa, Israel. He grew up in Israel completing his primary and secondary education in Haifa before serving in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry soldier and commander, a period in which he also resided in two kibbutzim. After completing a year in law school, Dar-Nimrod came to his senses and pursued a different direction; he completed his double major BA in Psychology and a special interdisciplinary program for honor students (the “Ofakim” program) at Haifa University in 2001 and his MA and PhD in Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 2004 and 2008, respectively; the latter degrees were under the direction of Steven Heine.

Professional Career

Dar-Nimrod worked as an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester’s medical school from 2010 to 2012, under the direction of Paul Duberstein. Since 2012, he has been working at the School of Psychology at the...


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Selected Bibliography

  1. Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012a). Postgenomics and genetic essentialism. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 35, 362–363.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Dar-Nimrod, I. (2012b). Viewing death on television increases the appeal of advertised products. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 199–211.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  3. Dar-Nimrod, I., & Heine, S. J. (2006). Exposure to scientific theories affects women’s math performance. Science, 314, 435.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Dar-Nimrod, I., & Heine, S. J. (2011a). Genetic essentialism: On the deceptive determinism of DNA. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 800–818.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Dar-Nimrod, I., & Heine, S. J. (2011b). Some thoughts on essence placeholders, interactionism, and heritability: Reply to Haslam (2011) and Turkheimer (2011). Psychological Bulletin, 137, 829–833.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Dar-Nimrod, I., Rawn, C., Lehman, D. R., & Schwartz, B. (2009). The maximization paradox: The cost of seeking alternatives. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 631–635.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. J., Cheung, B. Y., & Schaller, M. (2011). Do scientific theories affect men’s evaluations for sex crimes? Aggressive Behavior, 37, 440–449.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  8. Dar-Nimrod, I., Hansen, I. G., Proulx, T., Lehman, D. R., Chapman, B. P., & Duberstein, P. R. (2012a). Coolness: An empirical investigation. Journal of Individual Differences, 33, 175–185.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Dar-Nimrod, I., Chapman, B. P., Robbins, J., Porsteinsson, A., Mapstone, M., & Duberstein, P. R. (2012b). Gene by neuroticism interaction and cognitive function among older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 1147–1154.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  10. Dar-Nimrod, I., Zuckerman, M., & Duberstein, P. R. (2013). The effects of learning about one’s own genetic susceptibility to alcoholism: A randomized experiment. Genetics in Medicine, 15, 132–138.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Dar-Nimrod, I., Cheung, B. Y., Ruby, M., & Heine, S. J. (2014). Can merely learning about obesity genes affect eating behavior? Appetite, 81, 269–276.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. Heine, S. J., Dar-Nimrod, I., Cheung, B. Y., & Proulx, T. (2017). Essentially biased: Why people are fatalistic about genes. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology.Google Scholar
  13. Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Ross, M., Costa, D., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2015). Essentialist beliefs, sexual identity uncertainty, internalised homonegativity and psychological wellbeing in gay men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 413–424.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityOaklandUSA