Social-Personality Faculty and their Research Interests
Dr. Mark Barnett’s recent research interests include: (a) the development and expression of prosocial emotions (e.g., empathy) and behaviors (e.g., helping), (b) children’s and adults’ perceptions of particular individuals (e.g., the homeless) and behaviors (e.g., helping, lying, minor moral and legal violations, teasing), and (c) sex differences and sex-role stereotyping.
Dr. Laura Brannon’s recent research interests include: (a) applied persuasion research in domains such as health and consumer behavior, (b) compliance with medical recommendations, and (c) cognitive factors mediating the effectiveness of persuasion techniques.
Dr. Brenda McDaniel’s research interests include: (a) the relationship between individual personality factors and health outcomes, (b) the interaction of moral development, emotions (e.g., empathy, guilt, and shame), and family dynamics upon antisocial behavior, anger rumination, forgiveness, and other outcomes, and (c) physiological health recordings and observational data such as cortisol (i.e., stress levels) and facial-emotion coding.
Dr. Donald Saucier’s research interests include: (a) the measurement and reduction of prejudice, (b) the examination of attitudes toward social and political policy issues potentially related to prejudice (e.g., hate crime legislation, affirmative action, same-sex marriage), and (c) the individual differences related to resistance to persuasion and attitude challenges (e.g., social vigilantism).