Social Psychology Lab

Dr. Dean Morier directs the Social Psychology Lab in the Mills College 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 LGBTQ 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.”

Current Research Projects

Aging and Life Experience Study

Religion and Physical Activity Study

Positive Psychology’s Influence on LGBTQ Research in Psychology

Attributions of Persons Based on Consumer Purchases

Reducing Prejudice Through Persuasive Messages

Apply to be a Research Assistant

Social Psychology Lab Research Assistant Application

Recent Publications & 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.