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Social Psychology Recent Publications

Students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Psychological Science may specialize in social psychology. The graduate faculty in social psychology share common interests in stereotyping, social stigma, and intergroup relations.

Recent Publications

Boasso, A., Overstreet, S., & Ruscher, J. B. (in press). Community disasters and shared trauma: Potential implications of listening to a co-survivor narrative. Journal of Loss and Trauma

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (in press). How does stigma spoil relationships? Evidence that perceived discrimination harms romantic relationship quality through impaired self-image. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Doyle, D. & Molix, L. (in press). Perceived discrimination and well-being in gay men: The protective role of behavioral identification. Psychology and Sexuality.

Molix, L., & Nichols, C. P. (in press). Satisfaction of basic psychological needs as a mediator of the relationship between community esteem and well-being. International Journal of Wellbeing.

Molix, L. & Nichols, C.P. (in press). The importance of perspective taking and respect for dignity in understanding radicalization. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Van Bommel, T., Boasso, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (in press). Looking up for answers: Upward gaze increases receptivity to advice. Current Research in Social Psychology.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2014). Love on the margins: The effects of social stigma and relationship length on romantic relationship quality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 102-110.

Tipler, C. N., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014). Agency’s role in dehumanization: Non-human metaphors of outgroups. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 214-228

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013). Evaluations of White American versus Black American discrimination claimants’ political views and prejudicial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 211-216

Simon, S., Kinias, Z. O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Bivolaru, E. (2013). Prototypes of discrimination: How status asymmetry and stereotype asymmetry affect judgments of racial discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 525-533 .

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., & Kordys, J. (2012). Responding to sex-based discrimination: Gender differences in perceived discrimination and implications for legal decision making. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 409-424

Boasso, A., Covert, S. C, &. Ruscher, J. B. (2012). Benevolent sexist beliefs predict perceptions speakers and recipients of a term of endearment. Journal of Social Psychology, 152,533-546.

O'Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Gilbert, P.N. (2012). Gender differences in personal entitlement: The roles of system justifying beliefs. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 136-145

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., & Simon, S. (2012). Why did you choose him over me? Outgroup favoritism and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology., 48, 1225-1233

Ruscher, J. B. (2012). Describing grief under cyclical versus linear conceptions of time. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, 533-546

Schlegel, R., Manning, M., Molix, L., Talley, A., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2012). Predictors of depressive symptoms among breast cancer patients during the first year post diagnosis. Psychology and Health, 27, 277-293

Talley, A., Kocum, L., Schlegel, R., Molix, L., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2012). Social roles, basic need satisfaction, and psychological health: The Central Role of Competence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 155-173.

Blodorn, A., & O'Brien, L.T.  (2011). Perceptions of racism in Hurricane Katrina-related events: Implications for collective guilt and mental health among White Americans. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11, 127-140

Bradley-Geist, J. C., & Ruscher, J. B. (2011). Showcasing and subjugating minorities and women: Assignment to visible but trivial committees. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 2, 5-18.

O'Brien, L. T., Mars, D., & Eccleston, C.P. (2011). System justifying ideologies and academic outcomes among first-year Latino college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 406-414.

Ruscher, J. B. (2011). Moving forward: The effect of spatiotemporal metaphors on perceptions about grief . Social Psychology, 42, 225-230. [Special issue: Spatial Constraints on Social Cognition]

Henry, E., Schlegel, R., Talley, A., Molix, L., & Bettencourt, A (2010). How does a writing expression intervention influence psychological adjustment and physical health in a sample of breast cancer patients? Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, 749-757

Molix, L. & Bettencourt, B. A. (2010). Predicting well-being among ethnic minorities: Psychological empowerment and ethnic group identity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 3, 513-533.

O'Brien, L.T., Crandall, C.S., Horstman-Reser, A., Warner, R., Alsbrooks, A., & Blodorn, A. (2010). But I'm no bigot: How prejudiced Americans maintain unprejudiced self-images. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 917-946.

O'Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.G., Crandall, C.S., & Kordys, J. (2010). White Americans' opposition to affirmative action: Group interest and the harm to beneficiaries objection. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 895-903.

Ruscher, J. B., Wallace, D., Walker, K. M., & Bell, L. H. (2010). Constructive feedback in cross-race interaction. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 603-619.

Kaplan, S. A., Santuzzi, A. M. & Ruscher, J. B. (2009). Elaborative metaperceptions in outcome-dependent situations: The diluted relationship between default self-perceptions and metaperceptions. Social Cognition. 27,602-615

O'Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Alsbrooks, A., Dube, R., Adams, G., & Nelson, J.C. (2009). Understanding White Americans' perceptions of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 431-444.

Schlegel, R.J., Talley, A.E., Molix, L.A., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2009). Rural breast cancer patients, coping and depression: A prospective comparison study. Psychology & Health, 24, 933-948. 

Recent Presentations with Social Students

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L. T., Adams, G., & Hammer, E. D. (January, 2013). An intersectional approach to understanding women’s outcomes in STEM: The role of implicit stereotypes. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, LA.

Blodorn, A., Ruscher, J. B., Fiske, S. T., Glick, P., & Thompson, B. (2013, January). Levels of benevolent and hostile sexism across the United States: Implications for women’s political representation. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Preconference. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Doyle, D. M., & Molix, L. (2013, January). How does stigma spoil relationships? Evidence that perceived discrimination harms romantic relationship quality through impaired self-image. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, Y., Simon, S., O’Brien, L. T., & Major, B. (2013, January). Exploring the relationship between Blacks’ perceptions of Whites’ motivations to be nonprejudice and intergroup experiences. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Morgan, Y., Gilbert, P.N., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013, January). Two sides to the same coin: Examining how meritocracy beliefs can serve as both a hierarchy-enhancing and hierarchy-attenuating ideology. Presented at the annual Society of Personality and Social Psychology conference, New Orleans, LA.

Shaffer, E, Rappaport, B., & Molix, L. (2013, January). Examining the influence of autonomy support or control and contact-related anxiety on ingroup bias. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Simon, S., Matheson, H., Charles, D., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013, January). Confronting Sexism versus Confronting Racism: Do Both Strategies Reduce Prejudice? Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Tipler, C., Van Bommel, T., & Ruscher, J. B. (2013, January). Verticality and facial expression predict warmth and envy. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA

Van Bommel, T., & Ruscher, J. B. (2013, January). Higher vertical positions strengthen implicit positive associations. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Blodorn, A. & O’Brien, L. T. (October, 2012). Evaluations of White American vs. Black American discrimination claimants. Presented at the annual meeting of the Groups Pre-Conference of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Austin, TX.

Blodorn, A. & O’Brien, L. T. (June, 2012). Perceiving discrimination: The role of institutional versus individual discrimination. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, NC.

Simon, S., Mitchell, A. M., & O’Brien, L. T. (2012, June). Speaking up, just to be put down: The double-edged sword of confronting racial discrimination. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Hammer, E., Adams, G., & Garcia, D.M. (2012, June). Ethnicity and the gender gap in STEM participation. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L. T. (January, 2012). Responding to high status discrimination claimants. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. San Diego, CA.

Boasso, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2012, January). Narrative memory for trauma: Memory reconstruction, linguistics, and mental health. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA

Doyle, D. & Molix, L. (2012, January). The effect of social stigma on romantic relationship functioning among African Americans. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Gilbert, P.N., O’Brien, L.T., & Marx, D.M. (January, 2012). Reducing impression-related concerns for targets of stereotype threat: The role of gender identification and handicapping. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. San Diego, CA.

Simon, S., Soilleux, M., & O’Brien, L. T. (2012, January). Is it discrimination? Exploring how status-legitimizing ideologies affect perceptions of individual and institutional discrimination claims. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Tipler, C., Van Bommel, T., & Ruscher, J. B. (2012, January). The impact of verticality on (meta)perceptions of emotional warmth. Embodied Cognition Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Van Bommel, T., &Ruscher, J. B. (2012, January). Up in the Air: The Role of Spatial and Body Position in Receptivity to Advice. Embodied Cognition Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., Dziesietnik, S., Hammer, E., Adams, G., & Garcia, D. (2011, October). The cultural construction of STEM fields: Implications for performance and enjoyment of STEM courses. Paper presented at the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Washington, DC.

O’Brien, L.T., & Blodorn, A. (2011, September). Social psychology and responses to hate crimes. Paper presented at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Seminar on Defining Racism in Criminal Law. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gilbert, P., Villalobos, J., Simon, S., Adams, G., Garcia, D., Hammer, E., & O'Brien, L.T. (2011, May). From where does underrepresentation STEM? Sexism’s effect on women's STEM outcomes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Van Bommel, T., Boasso, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2011, May). Up in the air: The effect of spatial metaphors on receptivity to advice. Association for Psychological Science. Washington DC

Blodorn, A., Hammer, E., Garcia, D.M., Adams, G., & O’Brien, L.T. (2011, April). Implicit gender-STEM stereotypes: Implications for STEM performance and enjoyment of STEM courses. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Boasso, A., Ruscher, J. B., & Sassane, C. (2011, January). Pronoun use among depressed victims of community trauma. Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX

Simon, S., O’Brien, L. T., & Major, B. (2011, January). Attributions to Discrimination: The Case of Ingroup Rejection. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2010, June). Perceptions of racism in Hurricane Katrina-related events: Implications for mental health among ethnic minorities and majorities. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. New Orleans, LA.

Boasso, A., Ruscher, J. B., & McGarty, D. (2010, June). Inept condolences to bereaved individuals. Presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. New Orleans, LA.

Blodorn, A., Dziesietnik, S., & O’Brien, L.T. (2010, January). The cultural construction of math and science and the gender gap in performance: Is critical consciousness a source of resilience for women? Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Las Vegas, NV.

Boasso, A., & Ruscher, J. B., (2010, January). Mechanisms influencing reactions to bereaved individuals: The relations among social attraction, perseveration, mood and expected grief duration. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., Simon, S., & Blodorn, A. (2010, January). Ingroup rejection and perceived discrimination among members of low status and high status groups. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Las Vegas, NV.


 

 

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