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Maja Djikic

Maja Djikic

Associate Professor, Faculty-at-Large
Director, Self-Development Lab

Degrees:

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
Hon. B.Sc., University of Toronto

Phone:

416-978-6825

Bio

Maja Djikic, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of Self-Development Laboratory at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines the effect of art on personality, and means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Research in Personality, Creativity Research Journal, New Ideas in Psychology, etc.  Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets.

Academic Positions

  • 2015-

    Associate Professor, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management

  • 2011- 2015

    Senior Research Associate, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management

  • 2007-2011

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2005-2007

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, Harvard University

Selected Publications - Papers

Recent Presentations

  • Reading Other Minds

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K,, Moldoveanu, M. C.

    International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media

    Issue:July

    2012

  • The Effect of Literature on Cognitive Biases

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K., Moldoveanu, M.

    First Canadian Conference on Medical and Health Humanities, Toronto, Canada

    Issue:May

    2011

  • The Reading of Narrative

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K., Mar, R.

    Book Summit 10th Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Issue:June

    2011

  • How Stories and Music Transform the Self

    Djikic, M

    American Psychological Association 119th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Issue:August

    2009

  • On the Moving Power of Art

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K.

    Emotional Life and the Life of Emotions Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Issue:March

    2009

  • Self-as-Other and Other-as-Self: How Understanding Other Minds May Change Your Own

    Djikic, M.

    Theory of Mind and Literature Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.

    Issue:November

    2007

  • Through the Back Door: Impact of Art on Emotion Change in Defensive Individuals

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K., Zoeterman, S., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

    Issue:January

    2007

  • Impact of Aesthetic Experience on Value Change

    Djikic, M., Henze, M., Cellucci, S., Peterson, J.B

    Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tuscon, AZ, U.S.A.

    Issue:April

    2006

  • What Moves When Art Moves Us: Impact of Literary Form on Trait Change

    Djikic, M., Oatley, K., Zoeterman, S., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Personality, Palm Springs, CA, U.S.A.

    Issue:January

    2006

  • Reducing Memory Distortions Through Self-Awareness

    Djikic, M., Chan, I., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, Loisiana, U.S.A.

    Issue:January

    2005

  • Why Art Matters to Personality

    Djikic, M.

    Annual Meeting of Awe-to-Action Workgroup, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

    Issue:February

    2005

  • Individual vs. Collective Self-Deception: Lessons From a History Textbook

    Djikic, M., Halevina, A., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology , Lund, Sweden

    Issue:July

    2004

  • Three Methods for Reducing Self-Deception

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Awe-to-Action Workgroup, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

    Issue:July

    2004

  • Why Writers Write: In Their Own Words

    Djikic, M.

    The Psychology of Arts and Emotions: An International Conference in Honor of Keith Oatley, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Issue:May

    2004

  • Attentional Biases and Memory Distortions in Self-Enhancers

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B., Zelazo, P.D.

    Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

    Issue:February

    2003

  • Unwillingness to Process Negative Information About the Self: Causes and Consequences

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B.

    Biannual International Conference on Personal Meaning

    Issue:July

    2002

  • Elimination of the Other: A Look From Within

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association

    Issue:February

    2001

  • Reconciliation after Genocide: Is It Possible?

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association

    Issue:June

    2001

  • Self-Deception in United Nations: Contributing Factor to Genocide

    Djikic, M., Peterson, J.B.

    Annual Meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology, Cuernavaca, Mexico

    Issue:July

    2001

Honors and Awards

  • 2007-2009

    SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

  • 2005-2007

    MDCIT Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2005-2006

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship , Government of Ontario

  • 2002-2005

    Graduate Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

  • 2001-2004

    University of Toronto Fellowship, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

  • 1996-1997

    C.L. Burton Open Award, University College, University of Toronto

  • 1995-1996

    University of Toronto Entrance Award, Univesity of Toronto

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