Social Areas of Study
As a group, the faculty in social psychology focus their experimental and correlational research on topics related to health, coping, well-being, attitudes, the self-concept, self-esteem, social perception, prejudice, stereotyping, culture, personality. The following brief descriptions provide information about each faculty member’s current programs of research (more information is available under the "social faculty" link).
Research interests: gender, social roles, culture, stigma, stereotypes, prejudice
Research interests: Terror Management Theory, Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Prejudice and Stereotyping, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Motivation, Motivational Factors in Thought and Behavior, Depression and Self-awareness, The Self-concept and Self-esteem.
Matthias Mehl (Program Director)
Research interests: health and well-being; relationships, social interactions & health, personality & health, culture, ambulatory assessment, naturalistic observation, language use.
Research interests: Attitude and behavior change processes; the role of stereotypes and prejudice in health disparities, health care, sports, and education.
Research interests: Experimental existential psychology, cultural psychology, suffering, trauma, religion, guilt, anxiety.