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  • Social Adaptation in Long Term Survivors of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Not Recruiting

    1. To explore specific aspects of social adaptation such as social connectedness, occupational outcomes and family relationships in lymphoma patients after autologous blood or marrow transplantation (BMT). 2. To investigate how social adaptation varies with time lapsed since BMT and with the life stage as determined by patient?s age. Understanding both the positive and negative aspects of cancer and cancer therapy leads to opportunities to promote adaptive strategies.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Kate Tierney, (650) 725 - 7063.

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Journal Articles

  • Effect of relationship experience on trust recovery following a breach PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Schilke, O., Reimann, M., Cook, K. S. 2013; 110 (38): 15236-15241


    A violation of trust can have quite different consequences, depending on the nature of the relationship in which the trust breach occurs. In this article, we identify a key relationship characteristic that affects trust recovery: the extent of relationship experience before the trust breach. Across two experiments, this investigation establishes the behavioral effect that greater relationship experience before a trust breach fosters trust recovery. A neuroimaging experiment provides initial evidence that this behavioral effect is possible because of differential activation of two brain systems: while decision making after early trust breaches engages structures of a controlled social cognition system (C-system), specifically the anterior cingulate cortex and lateral frontal cortex, decision making after later trust breaches engages structures of an automatic social cognition system (X-system), specifically the lateral temporal cortex. The present findings make contributions to both social psychological theory and the neurophysiology of trust.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1314857110

    View details for Web of Science ID 000324495300034

    View details for PubMedID 24003151

  • A cross-level process theory of trust development in interorganizational relationships STRATEGIC ORGANIZATION Schilke, O., Cook, K. S. 2013; 11 (3): 281-303
  • A community of strangers: the dis-embedding of social ties. PloS one Parigi, P., State, B., Dakhlallah, D., Corten, R., Cook, K. 2013; 8 (7)


    In this paper we explore two contrasting perspectives on individuals' participation in associations. On the one hand, some have considered participation the byproduct of pre-existing friendship ties - the more friends one already has in the association, the more likely he or she is to participate. On the other hand, some have considered participation to be driven by the association's capacity to form new identities - the more new friends one meets in the association, the more likely he or she is to participate. We use detailed temporal data from an online association to adjudicate between these two mechanisms and explore their interplay. Our results show a significant impact of new friendship ties on participation, compared to a negligible impact of pre-existing friends, defined here as ties to other members formed outside of the organization's context. We relate this finding to the sociological literature on participation and we explore its implications in the discussion.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0067388

    View details for PubMedID 23861761

  • Trust in Transitions KYKLOS Latusek, D., Cook, K. S. 2012; 65 (4): 512-525

    View details for DOI 10.1111/kykl.12004

    View details for Web of Science ID 000310241200005

  • Modesty in self-presentation: A comparison between the USA and Japan ASIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Yamagishi, T., Hashimoto, H., Cook, K. S., Kiyonari, T., Shinada, M., Mifune, N., Inukai, K., Takagishi, H., Horita, Y., Li, Y. 2012; 15 (1): 60-68
  • Trust and Transitions in Modes of Exchange SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY Cheshire, C., Gerbasi, A., Cook, K. S. 2010; 73 (2): 176-195
  • The private rejection of unfair offers and emotional commitment PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Yamagishi, T., Horita, Y., Takagishi, H., Shinada, M., Tanida, S., Cook, K. S. 2009; 106 (28): 11520-11523


    In a series of experiments, we demonstrate that certain players of an economic game reject unfair offers even when this behavior increases rather than decreases inequity. A substantial proportion (30-40%, compared with 60-70% in the standard ultimatum game) of those who responded rejected unfair offers even when rejection reduced only their own earnings to 0, while not affecting the earnings of the person who proposed the unfair split (in an impunity game). Furthermore, even when the responders were not able to communicate their anger to the proposers by rejecting unfair offers in a private impunity game, a similar rate of rejection was observed. The rejection of unfair offers that increases inequity cannot be explained by the social preference for inequity aversion or reciprocity; however, it does provide support for the model of emotion as a commitment device. In this view, emotions such as anger or moral disgust lead people to disregard the immediate consequences of their behavior, committing them to behave consistently to preserve integrity and maintain a reputation over time as someone who is reliably committed to this behavior.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.0900636106

    View details for Web of Science ID 000267972700019

    View details for PubMedID 19564602

  • A defense of deception on scientific grounds SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY Cook, K. S., Yamagishi, T. 2008; 71 (3): 215-221
  • Effects of poverty and lack of insurance on perceptions of racial and ethnic bias in health care HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH Stepanikova, I., Cook, K. S. 2008; 43 (3): 915-930


    To investigate whether poverty and lack of insurance are associated with perceived racial and ethnic bias in health care.2001 Survey on Disparities in Quality of Health Care, a nationally representative telephone survey. We use data on black, Hispanic, and white adults who have a regular physician (N=4,556).We estimate multivariate logistic regression models to examine the effects of poverty and lack of health insurance on perceived racial and ethnic bias in health care for all respondents and by racial, ethnic, and language groups.Controlling for sociodemographic and other factors, uninsured blacks and Hispanics interviewed in English are more likely to report racial and ethnic bias in health care compared with their privately insured counterparts. Poor whites are more likely to report racial and ethnic bias in health care compared with other whites. Good physician-patient communication is negatively associated with perceived racial and ethnic bias.Compared with their more socioeconomically advantaged counterparts, poor whites, uninsured blacks, and some uninsured Hispanics are more likely to perceive that racial and ethnic bias operates in the health care they receive. Providing health insurance for the uninsured may help reduce this perceived bias among some minority groups.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2007.00816.x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000255481200008

    View details for PubMedID 18546546

  • Patients' race, ethnicity, language, and trust in a physician JOURNAL OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOR Stepanikova, I., Mollborn, S., Cook, K. S., Thom, D. H., Kramer, R. M. 2006; 47 (4): 390-405


    We examine whether racial/ethnic/language-based variation in measured levels of patients' trust in a physician depends on the survey items used to measure that trust. Survey items include: (1) a direct measure of patients' trust that the doctor will put the patient's medical needs above all other considerations, and (2) three indirect measures of trust asking about expectations for specific physician behaviors, including referring to a specialist, being influenced by insurance rules, and performing unnecessary tests. Using a national survey, we find lower scores on indirect measures of trust in a physician among minority users of health care services than among non-Hispanic white users. In contrast, the direct measure of trust does not differ among non-Hispanic whites and nonwhites once we control for potential confounding factors. The results indicate that racial/ethnic/language-based differences exist primarily in those aspects of patients' trust in a physician that reflect specific physician behaviors.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000242750800006

    View details for PubMedID 17240927

  • Does trust beget trustworthiness? Trust and trustworthiness in two games and two cultures: A research note SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY Kiyonari, T., Yamagishi, T., Cook, K. S., Cheshire, C. 2006; 69 (3): 270-283
  • Insurance policies and perceived quality of primary care among privately insured patients - Do features of managed care widen the racial, ethnic, and language-based gaps? MEDICAL CARE Stepanikova, I., Cook, K. S. 2004; 42 (10): 966-974


    Little is known about whether some features of managed care widen disparities in patients' evaluations of primary care.We investigated whether the magnitudes of racial and ethnic/language-based differences in patients' evaluations of the quality of primary care vary by capitation and gatekeeping.We used a telephone survey of a representative sample of the US noninstitutionalized population, Community Tracking Study Household Survey 1998-1999, and Followback Survey of respondents' insurance administrators.Our sample was privately insured adults who saw a physician at least once during the year preceding the interview and whose last visit was to a primary care physician.We measured patients' evaluations of (1) how well the physician listened, (2) how well the physician explained, and (3) how thorough and careful the physician was during the last visit.Significant white-minority differences emerge more often in plans using capitation or gatekeeping than in other plans. The gaps in patients' evaluations of their primary care providers' (PCP) explanations and thoroughness between whites and Hispanics interviewed in English are larger when the PCP is capitated than when the PCP is not capitated. The gap in the evaluations of their PCP's explanations by whites and Hispanics interviewed in English is larger in plans that require referrals for specialist visits than in other plans. The magnitude of racial and ethnic/language-based gaps for Hispanics interviewed in Spanish, blacks, and Native American/Asian/Pacific Islanders do not differ by capitation and gatekeeping.English-speaking Hispanics' perceptions of the quality of primary care may be more dissimilar from whites' when capitation or gatekeeping are used than when these policies are not used.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000224196900005

    View details for PubMedID 15377929

  • Experimental studies of cooperation, trust, and social exchange TRUST AND RECIPROCITY Cook, K. S., Cooper, R. M. 2003; 6: 209-244
  • Charting futures for sociology: Structure and action advances - In the microfoundations of sociology: Recent developments and new challenges for social psychology CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS Cook, K. S. 2000; 29 (5): 685-692

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