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HFES Bulletin

June 2014
Volume 57, Number 6

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Special Issue – Journal of Business and Psychology Call for Papers

The Journal of Business and Psychology (JBP) has announced a special issue call for theoretical and empirical papers on the construct of suspicion. Please see the complete call at

Suspicion is defined as "a person's simultaneous state of cognitive activity, uncertainty, and perceived malintent about underlying information that is being [electronically] generated, collated, sent, analyzed, or implemented by an external agent" (Bobko et al., Human Factors, 2014). The notion of "external agent" is purposively general; for example, one might be suspicious about another individual, a competitor, a group/team of individuals, an organizational entity, or a computer system.

The JBP editors suggest that the underrepresented concept of suspicion can have important links to many subdisciplines in business and applied psychology. For example:

  • What is the role of suspicion in leadership? In decision making? In the acceptance of automatized decision aides?
  • How might the concept of suspicion change (if at all) at the group/team level? Within groups, is suspicion contagious? What is the role of culture in theories of suspicion?

See the complete call for details and more extended examples.

Submissions are due June 30, 2015. Corresponding authors should first register in the JBP system at

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Philip Bobko – Gettysburg College (pbobko "at"
  • Alex Barelka – Illinois State University (ajbarel "at"
  • Leanne Hirshfield – Syracuse University (lmhirshf "at"
  • Joseph Lyons – U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (joseph.lyons.6 "at"

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