Jessecae Marsh

My research investigates how people’s beliefs about causal relationships influence their thinking, especially in regard to how they think about categories in the world. I have conducted basic research in the formation of beliefs about causal relationships, as well as processes that influence categorization. I have investigated these phenomena in the real-world domain of health. Specifically, I am interested in how our beliefs (especially our causal theories) affect how we view disorder categories and members of those categories. For more information, please visit my lab website.

Selected Publications

Marsh, J. K., & Romano, A. L. (in press). Lay judgments of mental health treatment options: The mind vs. body problem. Medical Decision Making: Policy & Practice.
Zeveney, A. S., & Marsh, J. K. (2016). The illusion of explanatory depth in a misunderstood field: The IOED in mental disorders. In A. Pagafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. C. Trueswell. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1020-1025). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Marsh, J. K., Burke, C. T., & De Los Reyes, A. (2016). The sweet spot of clinical intuitions: Predictors of the effects of context on impressions of conduct disorder symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 28, 181-193. doi:10.1037/pas0000173
Cooper, J. A., & Marsh, J. K. (2015). The influence of expertise on essence beliefs for mental and medical disorder categories. Cognition, 144, 67-75. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.016
Marsh, J. K., & Kulkofsky, S. (2015). The selective power of causality on memory errors. Memory, 23, 291-305. doi:10.1080/09658211.2014.884139
Marsh, J. K., & Zeveney, A. (2015). Naïve beliefs about intervening on causes and symptoms in the health domain. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1529-1534). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Marsh, J. K., De Los Reyes, A., & Wallerstein, A. (2014). The influence of contextual information on lay judgments of childhood mental health concerns. Psychological Assessment, 26, 1268-1280. doi:10.1037/pas0000012
Marsh, J. K., & Hick, D. H. (2014). Beliefs about experiencing and destroying art. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 970-975). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Marsh, J. K., & Shanks, L. L. (2014). Thinking you can catch mental illness: How beliefs about membership attainment and category structure influence interactions with mental health category members. Memory & Cognition, 42, 1011-1025. doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0427-9
Ahn, W., Taylor, E. G., Kato, D., Marsh, J. K., & Bloom, P. (2013). Causal essentialism in kinds. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 1113-1130. 
Marsh, J. K., & Rothman, N. B. (2013). The ambivalence of expert categorizers. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 984-989). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Jessecae Marsh, Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor
332 Chandler-Ullmann Hall
Yale University, PhD, 2008
Vanderbilt University, BS, 2000

Teaching Interests: 

Introductory Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Health Reasoning and Decision Making
Higher Order Cognition