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Specialization in Social Psychology

About the Specialization in Social Psychology

The strength of the social psychology specialty is in social cognition and social judgment.

The primary goal of this program is to train psychologists who are capable of conducting high-quality research in social psychology. Under the guidance of their advisers, all students become actively involved in research beginning with their first semester. Throughout their graduate training, students are expected to spend the majority of their time engaged in research.

While all students complete similar courses their first year, in consultation with their advisers, students develop programs of study tailored to their special interests. These programs not only include specialized courses in social psychology, but also may include coursework in other areas of psychology, including cognitive, physiological, health, developmental, and industrial/organizational.

Faculty

Mark Alicke, Research interests include the role of the self in social judgment and in the processes by which negative evaluations of people and their behavior is translated into judgments of blame and the imposition of sanctions.

Keith Markman, Research interests include the areas of motivated social cognition and social judgment and decision-making, and counterfactual thinking - the generation of imagined alternatives to reality.

Brett Peters, Research interests include stress, relationships, psychophysiology, and health.

Kimberly Rios, Research interests include social identity, stereotyping/prejudice, and intergroup relations, with a particular focus on how members of minority and majority groups respond to perceptions of threat from one another.

Affiliated Faculty

Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Current research involves developing and testing computational models of human/environment interactions, focusing on the role of goals and feedback in motivation and learning.

Emeriti Faculty

G. Daniel Lassiter, Research interests include the problem of how people come to organize and comprehend the information contained in another person's ongoing stream of behavior.

Recommended Courses

The Psychology Department at Ohio University offers training in Social Psychology. This specialty area emphasizes training in social cognition and social judgment. Social students are strongly encouraged to pursue multiple programs of research with more than one faculty member.

The primary goal of this program is to train high-quality researchers and teachers.

Research: Under the guidance of their advisers, all students are expected to spend the majority of their time actively engaged in research and must take part in the Research Seminar (6980).

Coursework: While all students complete similar courses their first year, in consultation with their advisers, students develop programs of study tailored to their own special interests. These programs not only include specialized courses in cognitive psychology, but also may include course work in other areas of psychology, including organizational, physiological, quantitative, and health psychology.

Specifically, recommended courses for Social students include:

  • 6510 Experimental Social Psychology
  • 7330 Judgment and Decision Making
  • 7510 Advanced Social Psychology
  • 7520 Social Cognition
  • 7530 Social Psychology of the Self
  • 7550 Motivation
  • 8905 Advanced Seminar: Social Psychology

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