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Social Psychology Student Presentations

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 Presentations with Social Students (past 5 years)

Clark, S., Kerry, N., & Murray, D. R. (2017). Strong foundations? Is there a relationship between formidability and differential judgment across moral foundations categories? Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Kerry, N., Murray, D. R., & Gervais, W. (2017). Disease risk increases severity of moral judgment across domains. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Moss, A. J., Budd, R., & O’Brien, L. T. (2017, May). Should people acknowledge or deny personal prejudice? Poster presented at the 29th Annual Convention for the Association of Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Ruelens, L., & Molix, L. (2017) Is African American the New Black? Racial ideologies and race label usage affect perceptions of amiability and morality. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Savolainen, I., Kerry, N., Murray, D. R., Harman, J., & McCord, J. (2017). Results in major sporting events affect spectators’ ingroup bias and attitudes towards wealth distribution. Poster presented at the Political psychology Preconference of the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Van Camp, A. R. & O’Brien L. T. (2017, January). Understanding the Consequences of Incompetence on the Visibility of Ethnic Minorities in S.T.E.M. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Gildersleeve, K. A., Murray, D. R., Fales, M., & Haselton, M. G. (2016). MHC homozygosity is associated with fast sexual strategies. Talk presented at the Human Behavior and Evolutionary Society Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Hitti, A., O'Brien, L. T., Gilbert, P. N., Shaffer, E., Van Camp, A. R., & Henry, D. (2016, January). The Impact of Female Scientist Role Models on Girls' Science Sense of Fit. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA

Kerry, N., Murray, D. R., & Fessler, D. M. T. (2016). The Kiss of Death: Does Disease Threat Predict Less Ritualized Physical Contact in Traditional Cultures? Poster presented at the Evolutionary Preconference of the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA.

Merritt, S., O’Brien, L.T., & Ruscher, J. B. (2016, May). But I was just trying to be funny: Communication goals and offensiveness Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, IL.

Moss, A. J., Simon, S., Megaldi, M., & O’Brien, L. T. (2016, June). Understanding judgments of racial discrimination: The role of intent and harm and anti-discrimination law. Paper presented at the Law, Society, and Psychological Science Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Moss, A. J., Simon, S., & O’Brien, L. T. (2016, January). Facing a hard truth: When do people accept and when do they reject their racial prejudice? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Murray, D. R., & Schaller, M. (2016). The implications of disease threat for conformity. Talk presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA.

Ruelens, L., Shaffer, E., & Molix, L. (2016, January). Strategic Multiculturalism: The Consequences of Mentioning Race in Relevant and Irrelevant Contexts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Shaffer, E., Ruelens, L., & Molix, L. (2016, January). The Effect of Threat on Community Identification and Involvement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Tipler, C., & Ruscher, J. B. (2016, January). Predator or parasite: Divergent metaphors for immigrants interact with emotional predispositions to structure distinct threat perceptions. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Van Bommel, T., Molix, L., & Ruscher, J. B. (2016, January). Divergent impression management goals predict negative meta-perceptions meta-perceptual inaccuracy. Groups & Interpersonal Relationships Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Van Camp, A., Moss, A. J., O’Brien, L. T., & Blodorn, A. (2016, Janurary). The effect of value violations on prejudice toward Muslims. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Moss, A. J., Simon, S., & O'Brien, L. T. (2015, February). Speaking up for her own good: When confronting sexism functions as a beneficial coping strategy. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Rinker, M., Simon, S., Moss, A. J., & O’Brien, L. O. (2015, February). The effect of racial attitudes and status asymmetry on perceptions of racial discrimination. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Shaffer, E., Ruelens, L., & Molix, L. (2015, February). Advocacy Information Buffers the Impact of Stereotype Threat on Performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Simon, S., Moss, A. J., & O’Brien, L. O. (2015, February). The Black and White of racial discrimination: Understanding group differences in perceptions of racial discrimination. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Tipler, C., & Ruscher, J. B. (2015, February). Predator and prey: Divergent animalizing metaphors for women. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Van Bommel, T., Sheehy, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2015, February). The role of attachment style in women’s recognition of sexism Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Doyle, D.M., Molix, L., & Tipler, C. (2014, January). Fake it to make it: Social identity threat attenuates the association between authenticity and psychological health. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Gilbert, P.N., Babu, S., O’Brien, L.T. (2014). Is that a threat? How stigma consciousness impacts overweight women’s vigilance for Protestant Work Ethic cues. Poster presented at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, Austin, T.X.

Moss, A. J., Simon, S., Birt, J., Rinker, M., Moulder, M., Lentini, N., & O’Brien, L. T. (2014, June). The effect of intent and harm on attributions to racial discrimination. Poster presented at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Portland, OR.

Moss, A. J., Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L. T., Adams, G., Hammer, E., & Garcia, D. (2014, February). Knowledge is power: Educating women about the impact of STEM stereotypes leads to long-term changes in beliefs and attitudes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Shaffer, E. & Molix, L. (2014, January). Contagion in the classroom: The impact of others’ mood on perceived Performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Simon, S., Moss, A. J., & O'Brien, L. T. (2014, February). But I Didn't Mean It: The Effect of Intent and Harm on Attributions to Racial Discrimination. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Simon, S. & O’Brien, L. T. (2014, February). What Do I Have to Lose? Examining Determinants of the Costs of Confronting Sexism. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Tipler, C., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014, January). The effect of vermin metaphors on emotional and behavioral responses to social groups. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Van Bommel, T., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014, January). “That was awkward”: Divergent impression management goals predict meta-perceptual inaccuracy. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

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.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2013, June). Internal/external stigma and sexual minorities’ romantic relationships: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on LGBT Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal.

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.