Social Psychology Recent Publications

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 Publications (past 5 years)


Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (in press). Minority stress, identity management and inflammation: Covering moderates associations between perceived discrimination and salivary interleukin-6 in gay men. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-11.

Magee, C., Buchtel, E., Human, L. J., Murray, D. R., & Biesanz, J. C. (in press). Is personality variability associated with adjustment? Journal of Research in Personality, doi:

Moss, A., Blodorn, A., Van Camp, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (in press). Gender Equality, Value Violations, and Prejudice Toward Muslims. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Murray, D. R. (in press). Essentializing politics: If perceptions of politics become genetically essentialized, what will be the consequences? Social Cognition.

Murray, D. R., & Kerry, N. (in press). Ecology. In T. K. Shackleford, & V. A. Weekes-Shackleford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer.

Murray, D. R., & Schaller, M. (in press). Pathogens, personality, and culture. In A. T. Church (Ed.), Personality across cultures. USA: Praeger.

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Adams, G., Garcia, D. & Hammer, E. (in press). Ethnic variation in gender-STEM stereotypes and STEM participation: An intersectional approach

Ruscher, J. B. (in press). Adult attachment predicts advice, exemplar sharing, and questions to acquaintances recently diagnosed with cancer. Journal of Language and Social Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0261927X16667435

Murray, D. R., Murphy, S. C., von Hippel, W., Trivers, R., & Haselton, M. G. (2017). A preregistered study of competing predictions suggests that men do overestimate women’s sexual intent. Psychological Science, 28, 253-255.

Murray, D. R., Fessler, D. M. T., Kerry, N., White, C., & Marin, M. (2017). The kiss of death: Three tests of the relationship between disease threat and ritualized physical contact within traditional cultures. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 63-70.

Murray, D. R., Gildersleeve, K. A., Fales, M. R., & Haselton, M. G. (2017). MHC homozygosity is associated with fast sexual strategies in women. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 3, 101-117.

Murray, D. R., & Schaller, M. (2016). The behavioral immune system: Implications for social cognition, social interaction, and social influence. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 75-129.

O’Brien, L.T., Hitti, A., Shaffer, E., Van Camp, A., Gilbert, P., & Henry, D. (2017). Improving girls’ sense of fit in science: Increasing the impact of role models. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 301-309.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., Cheryan, S., & Vick, S.B. (2016). Perceptions of racism in Katrina-related events: Understanding racial differences in perceptions of racism. Social Justice Research, 29, 139-158.

Bettencourt, B. A., Manning, M. A., Molix, L., Schlegel, R. J., Eidelman, S., & Biernat, M., (2015). Explaining extremity in evaluation of group members: Meta-Analytic test of three theories. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Online March 2015, 1-26.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2015). Disparities in social health by sexual orientation and the etiologic role of self-reported discrimination. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 45, 1317-1327.

Doyle, D. M. & Molix, L. (2015). Perceived discrimination and social relationship functioning among sexual minorities: Structural stigma as a moderating factor. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2015). Social stigma and sexual minorities’ romantic relationship functioning: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1363-1381.

Gilbert, P.N., O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., & Marx, D. (2015). Not the sum of its parts: Decomposing implicit academic stereotypes to understand academic outcomes for men and women. Sex Roles, 72, 25 – 39.

Haselton, M. G., Nettle, D., & Murray, D. R. (2015). The evolution of cognitive bias. In D. M. Buss (Ed.), The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, 2nd edition¸ (pp. 968-987). New Jersey: Wiley.

Murray, D. R., Fessler, D. M. T., & Lupfer, G. (2015). Young flames: The effects of childhood fire exposure on adult attitudes. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 9, 204-213.

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Adams, G., Garcia, D. & Hammer, E. (2015). Ethnic variation in gender-STEM stereotypes and STEM participation: An intersectional approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 169-180.

O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., Adams, G., Villalobos, J.G., Hammer, E., & Gilbert, P. (2015). The threat of sexism in a STEM educational setting: Moderating impacts of ethnicity and legitimacy beliefs. Social Psychology of Education, 18, 667-684.

Ruscher, J. B. (2015). Expectations about re-entering the weekly cycle following disruption by familial death or holiday. Time and Society. 10.1177/0961463X15577284


Schaller, M., Murray, D. R., & Bangarter, A. (2015). Implications of the behavioral immune system for social behavior and human health in the modern world. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370, 20140105. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0105

Simon, S. & O’Brien, L.T. (2015). Confronting sexism: Exploring the effect of nonsexist credentials on the costs of target confrontations. Sex Roles, 73, 245-257.

Van Bommel, T., Sheehy, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2015). The role of attachment style in women's recognition of sexism. Personality and Individual Differences, 74,235-240

Boasso, A., Overstreet, S., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014). Community disasters and shared trauma: Potential implications of listening to a co-survivor narrative. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2014.912055

Cashdan, E., Steele, M., & Murray, D. R. (2014). New pathogen codes for the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample. PLoS ONE, 9, e106752.s001.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2014). How does stigma spoil relationships? Evidence that perceived discrimination harms romantic relationship quality through impaired self-image. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44,600-610

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2014). Love on the margins: The effects of social stigma and relationship length on romantic relationship quality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 102-110.

Doyle, D.M., & Molix, L. (2014). Perceived discrimination as stressor for close relationships: identifying psychological and physiological pathways.Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 1134-1144.

Murray, D. R. (2014). Direct and indirect implications of disease threat for scientific and technological innovation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 971-985.

Murray, D. R., & Schaller, M. (2014). Pathogen prevalence and geographical variation in traits and behavior. In P. J. Rentfrow (Ed.), Psychological Geography (pp. 51-70). Washington DC: APA Books.

Murray, D. R. (2014). Ecological threat and psychological variation. Psychologia, 57, 82-101.

Napolioni, V., Murray, D. R., Comings, D. E., Peters, W. R., Gade-Andavolu, R., & MacMurray, J. (2014). Interaction between infectious diseases and personality traits: ACP1*C as a potential mediator. Infection, Genetics, and Evolution, 26, 267-273.

Tipler, C. N., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014). Agency’s role in dehumanization: Non-human metaphors of outgroups. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 214-228

Van Bommel, T., Boasso, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014). Looking up for answers: Upward gaze increases receptivity to advice. Current Research in Social Psychology, 22,60-70

Molix, L., & Nichols, C. P. (2013). Satisfaction of basic psychological needs as a mediator of the relationship between community esteem and well-being. International Journal of Wellbeing, 320-34

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013). Evaluations of White American versus Black American discrimination claimants’ political views and prejudicial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 211-216

Murray, D. R., Jones, D. N., & Schaller, M. (2013). Perceived threat of infectious disease and its implications for sexual attitudes. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 103-108.

Murray, D. R., Schaller, M., & Suedfeld, P (2013). Pathogens and politics: Further evidence that parasite prevalence predicts authoritarianism. PLoS ONE, 8, e62275.

Murray, D. R. (2013). Differential adaptations to threats posed by hot versus cold climates (commentary on Van de Vliert). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 33-34.

O’Brien, L.T., & Gilbert, P.N. (2013). Ideology: An Invisible, Yet Potent Dimension of Diversity. In Q. Roberson (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Diversity and Work. (pp 132 – 153). New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Simon, S., Kinias, Z. O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Bivolaru, E. (2013). Prototypes of discrimination: How status asymmetry and stereotype asymmetry affect judgments of racial discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 525-533 .

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., & Kordys, J. (2012). Responding to sex-based discrimination: Gender differences in perceived discrimination and implications for legal decision making. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 409-424

Boasso, A., Covert, S. C, &. Ruscher, J. B. (2012). Benevolent sexist beliefs predict perceptions speakers and recipients of a term of endearment. Journal of Social Psychology, 152,533-546.

Doyle, D. & Molix, L. (2012). Perceived discrimination and well-being in gay men: The protective role of behavioral identification. Psychology and Sexuality, 5,117-130.

Murray, D. R., & Schaller, M. (2012). Threat(s) and conformity deconstructed: Perceived threat of infectious disease and its implications for conformist attitudes and behavior. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 180-188.

O'Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Gilbert, P.N. (2012). Gender differences in personal entitlement: The roles of system justifying beliefs. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 136-145

Molix, L. & Nichols, C.P. (2012). The importance of perspective taking and respect for dignity in understanding radicalization. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy,12 320-323.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., & Simon, S. (2012). Why did you choose him over me? Outgroup favoritism and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology., 48, 1225-1233

Ruscher, J. B. (2012). Describing grief under cyclical versus linear conceptions of time. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, 533-546

Schaller, M., & Murray, D. R. (2012). Mechanisms by which parasites influence cultures, and why they matter (commentary on Thornhill & Fincher). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 91-92.

Schlegel, R., Manning, M., Molix, L., Talley, A., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2012). Predictors of depressive symptoms among breast cancer patients during the first year post diagnosis. Psychology and Health, 27, 277-293

Talley, A., Kocum, L., Schlegel, R., Molix, L., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2012). Social roles, basic need satisfaction, and psychological health: The Central Role of Competence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 155-173.




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