Megan L. Strain

Megan StrainAdvisor: Dr. Donald Saucier

Description of Research

My primary research interest focuses on the effects of humor in social situations. More specifically, I am interested in the effects of disparagement (e.g., sexist, anti-gay, ethnic) humor on individuals’ acceptance of discrimination toward the group targeted by the humor. I am also interested in other broad areas of social psychology, such as system justification, and the justification suppression model of prejudice.

Representative Publications

Strain, M. L., Hockett, J. M., & Saucier, D. A.  (Submitted October 2012).  Precursors to rape: Pressuring behaviors and rape proclivity.  Violence Against Women.

Strain, M. L., Hockett, J. M., & Saucier, D. A.  (Submitted March 2012).  The serious side of rape humor: College students’ responses to jokes, metaphors, and scenarios involving rape.   Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

Strain, M. L., Sonnentag, T. L., & Saucier, D. A.  (Submitted, March 2012).  Relief and redemption: Undergraduates’ responses to the death of Osama bin Laden.   Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A.  (In progress).  The effects of exposure to anti-gay humor on individuals’ tolerance of sexual prejudice.  Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

 

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A.  (In progress).  Sexist humor in Facebook profiles: Like or dislike?  Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

Saucier, D. A., Veenendaal, A. L., Smith, S. J. & Strain, M. L.  (In progress).  Effects and perceptions of repeated exposure to ethnic humor in an academic setting. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.

Representative Presentations

Hockett, J. M., Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2012). Rape myths, rape scripts, and actual rape scenarios: Differences in how rape victims are perceived.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Klein, M., Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2012). “That’s terrible!”: Sexist humor in social situations.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Sonnentag, T. L., Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2012).  Relief and redemption: Undergraduates’ responses to the death of Osama bin Laden.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2012).  Sexist humor in Facebook profiles: Like or dislike?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

 

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2011).  Effects of exposure to anti-gay humor on individuals’ tolerance of discrimination.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2011).  Effects of exposure to anti-gay humor on individuals’ tolerance of discrimination.  Poster presented by invitation at the Humor Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Strain, M. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2010). Social vigilantism and assertion of religious beliefs: Predicting belief defense and dissemination. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Strain, M. L. (2006). Why we judge: The relationship between openness, religiosity, and religious judgmentalism. Poster presented at the spring meeting of the Nebraska Psychological Association.

 

Teaching Experience

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology of Humor, Spring 2012
  • Psychology of Women, Fall 2011
  • Health Psychology, Summer 2011
  • General Psychology, Spring 2010-Spring 2011
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies, Fall 2009-Spring 2010

Teaching Assistant (TA) assignments:

  • Advanced Psychological Research Methods, Spring 2012
  • Psychology of Language, Spring 2012
  • Advanced Social Psychology, Fall 2011
  • Multicultural Psychology, Spring 2011

 

Education

B.S. - Psychology - Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2006

M.S. - Psychology - Kansas State University, 2010

 

E-mail me : mstrain@ksu.edu