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The Social Psychology area focuses on interpersonal, intergroup and
organizational processes. Our research explores a variety of topics
including psychoneuroendocrinology, social attachment and health, cross-cultural differences, prejudice reduction and racism, social value
orientation, and personality. We
also employ a wide variety of methodologies, including social neuroscience (using
EEG and fMRI), psychophysiological (e.g., EKG), experimental, and observational
techniques. To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty, visit the Research Projects webpage and review individual faculty profiles.
We have faculty with international reputations who have authored books and journal articles and obtained research funding from the National Institutes for Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, and who have sat on the editorial boards of the leading journals in our field. Faculty members have won prestigious awards including the Lewin Award (a career award for outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action); the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, the Distinguished Psychologist Award; and the "Rising Star" award by the Association for Psychological Science.
The Social Psychology Program is a research-based training program that attracts both graduate and undergraduate students to join us in the excitement of research on social phenomena. Students work closely with faculty mentors to develop research skills, analyze data, and write scholarly papers. The training students receive prepares them for careers principally in academic institutions and other settings where strong skills in research methodology and statistical analysis are desirable. Our laboratories are spacious and well-equipped to record a variety of physiological and behavioral measures, and our fMRI Imaging Center is conveniently located adjacent to our laboratories. Our students receive cutting edge training in advanced statistical methodologies, interdisciplinary methodologies that merge mind with body, and have ready access to researchers across disciplines who conduct complimentary research. A weekly "Brown-Bag Series" provides a platform to discuss current research activities with faculty and fellow students in a supportive environment that builds confidence and provides constructive feedback. We have a good track record of placing our graduate students into academic institutions.
Please use the navigation to the left to find out more about the Social Psychology program.
For questions about the program not covered on the web site, please contact the Director:
D. Michael Kuhlman
223 Wolf Hall