Department of Psychology and Brain Science

Beth Morling

Associate Chair

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


217 Wolf Hall
Office Hours:
Mon. 2-4 &
Fri. 11:30-1:00
(302) 831-8377
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Beth Morling

Cultural and social psychology

Recently I have investigated the concept of psychological control from a cultural psychological perspective. I am interested in how people choose to adjust to environmental realities. My research focuses on cultural, subcultural, and role demands that influence people’s control choices. I have investigated the impact of cultural (specifically, Japanese and North American) and individual variables on control. We are currently working on reviews of cultural psychological studies that measure "cultural products" such as advertising, newspaper coverage, songs, or other culturally constructed environments.


I blog about psychological science in the news,  helping students apply concepts from research methods to what they read online:

Recent Publications

Morling, B. (2012). Research Methods in Psychology: Evaluating a World of Information. New York: W.W. Norton.


Morling, B., & Masuda, T. (2012). Social cognition in real worlds: Cultural psychology and social cogntion. In S.T. Fiske & C. N. Macrae (Eds.) Handbook of Social Cognition (pp. 429-450). Los Angeles, CA: Sage. 

Lamoreaux, M., & Morling, B., (2012). Outside the head and outside individualism-collectivism: Further meta-analyses of cultural products. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 299-327.

Morling, B. , & Lamoreaux, M. (2008). Measuring culture outside the head: A meta-analysis of individualism-collectivism in cultural products. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12, 199-221.

Morling, B. , & Evered, S. (2007). The construct formerly known as secondary control: Reply to Skinner (2007). Psychological Bulletin, 133, 917-919

Morling, B. , & Kitayama, S. (2007).  Culture and Motivation. In J. Shah and W. Gardner (Eds.)  Handbook of Motivation Science., pp. 417-432. New York: Guilford.

Morling, B. , & Evered, S. (2006). Secondary control reviewed and defined. Psychological Bulletin,  132, 269-296.

Representative Publications

Yeagley, E., Morling, B. , & Nelson, M. (2007). Nonverbal zero-acquaintance accuracy of self-esteem, social dominance orientation, and satisfaction with life. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 1099-1106.

Morling, B. , Kitayama, S., & Miyamoto, Y. (2003). American and Japanese Women Use Different Coping Strategies During Normal Pregnancy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1533-1546.

Morling, B. , Kitayama, S., & Miyamoto, Y. (2002). Cultural practices emphasize influence n the U.S. and adjustment in Japan. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 311-323

Morling, B. (2000). "Taking" an aerobics class in the U.S. versus "entering" an aerobics class in Japan: Primary and secondary control in a fitness context. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 3, 73-85.

Morling, B. & Fiske, S.T. (1999). Measuring individual differences in harmony (secondary) control. Journal of Research in Personality, 33, 379-414.

Morling, B. , & Epstein, S. (1997). Compromises produced by the dialectic between self-verification and self-enhancement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 1268-1283.

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