The Social psychology program conducts basic and applied research concerning how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people. Social faculty research interests include social cognition, evolutionary psychology, close relationships, attitude formation, emotions, sexuality, and gender. Recent social graduates have taken positions in both academia and industry.
We also encourage our students to take advantage of the department’s other strengths in Engineering and Cognitive Psychology.
Current research projects include studies in:
• Emotions and strategic decision-making
• Social cognition
• Gender and Sexuality
• Interpersonal attraction and beauty
• Dominance and aggression
• Evolutionary psychology
• Impression formation
• Interpersonal and romantic relationships
• Attachment theory
Most of our doctoral students pursue university research/teaching positions but some have taken applied research positions (e.g., marketing research). Recent graduates in Social Psychology have obtained jobs in a variety of settings including Carnegie I level Research Universities, teaching colleges, consulting firms, and a variety of applied research settings.
Social Psychology Faculty
- Timothy Ketelaar (Emotion & Social Decision-Making Laboratory)
- Laura Madson (Gender Issues, Teaching of Psychology)
- Michael J. Marks (Relationships, Sexuality, Attachment Theory)
- David Trafimow (Social Cognition Laboratory)