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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, aging attitudes and anxiety, intergroup relations and prejudice, and person perception. 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. (April, 2017). Aging anxiety, depression, and well-being. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, California.

Morier, D., Wehmeyer, K., and Komaiko, K. (April, 2014). A survey of psychological research from 1880-2012: Trends in the focus on pathology and sexual identity. Paper presented at the 94th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.

Morier, D., Bryan, A. E. B., and Kasdin, L. (2013). The effects of group identity, group choice, and strength of group identification on intergroup sensitivity. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 17, 14-29. 

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.

Current Research Projects

Aging and Life Experience Study: A study of attitudes toward aging and life experiences. 

Aging Anxiety and Social Behavior.

Person Perception.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17