Mills Social Psychology Lab
Dr. Dean Morier directs the Mills College Social Psychology Lab in Mills College’s Psychology Department. He and his research assistants conduct experiments and other types of investigations on social psychology and personality. Current investigations are examining topics in positive psychology and LGBT issues, aging attitudes and anxiety, religion and physical activity, intergroup relations and prejudice, and attributions about consumer purchases. The laboratory is focused on theoretical issues but also conducts applied research and follows the dictum of Kurt Lewin that “there is nothing so practical as a good theory.”
Recent Publications and Conference Presentations
Morier, D., Bryan, A. E. B., and Kasdin, L. (2012, October 15). The Effects of Group Identity, Group Choice, and Strength of Group Identification on Intergroup Sensitivity. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0030190 (refereed journal). Print version forthcoming.
Morier, D. (April, 2012). Does motivation for buying affect the perceptions of materialist versus experientialist purchasers? Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.
Komaiko, K. D. R., and Morier, D. (April, 2012). An Exploratory Analysis of Predicting Physical Activity from Belief in God. Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.
Morier, D., Carter, R., Choi, S., Komaiko, K., and Lin, Z. (April, 2012). The Personality and Social Psychology of Mostly Women: Thirty Years of Research in PSPB. Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.
Morier, D., Newton, A., and Stanton, C. (April, 2009). Gender Differences in Attitudes toward Scientific Research, Careers in Science and Cognitive Personality Traits. Paper presented at the 89th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.
Morier, D., and Chriss, N. (April, 2008). Tea Time: Taste Ratings as a Function of Self-Monitoring, Product Quality and Speaker Accent. Paper presented at the 88th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, California.
Current Research Projects
Aging and Life Experience Study: A study of attitudes toward aging and life experiences. Participants are eligible for one of 3 $50 Amazon.com gift certificates in exchange for participation. Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/agingattitudes
Religion and Physical Activity Study: A study of religiosity, conceptions of God, health, and physical activity. Participants are eligible for one of 3 $50 Amazon.com gift certificates in exchange for participation. Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/religionhealth
Positive Psychology’s Influence on LGBT research in psychology.
The changing face of social and personality psychology research participants: A content analysis of over 35 years of social and personality research published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Attributions of persons based on consumer purchases
Reducing prejudice through persuasive messages
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Mills Social Psychology Lab
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