Jim Blascovich’s two major research interests are social motivation, and social influence within technologically mediated environments. Relevant to the former, he has developed a biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat.
Dr. Collins' research and theoretical interests lie at the interface of close relationships, social cognition, health psychology, how social and cognitive processes shape close relationships in adulthood, and the impact that these processes have on health and well-being across the lifespan.
My current research focuses on appetitive and aversive motivation in social interaction and close relationships. I am particularly interested in how approach and avoidance social motives contribute to the course and quality of social interactions and close relationships.
Dr. Hamilton's research focuses on issues pertaining to the perception of individuals and groups. His work investigates how perceivers process and use social information as they form impressions of others, develop conceptions of groups, and make judgments about individual and group targets.
Heejung Kim is interested in the cultural influences on psychological processes. In particular, her research examines 1) cultural differences in the perception and the effect of speech, 2) cultural differences in the use of social support, and 3) the role of emotion in the acculturation process.
Dr. Mackie's research spans two domains: intergroup relations (the affective, cognitive, and motivational processes by which group memberships influence people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior) and social influence (the affective, cognitive, and motivational processes that change peoples' attitudes and behavior).
Dr. Major's research addresses how people cope with prejudice, discrimination, devalued social identities, and stressful life events.
Kyle Ratner investigates how biological systems interact with social contexts to influence human psychology and behavior. He is particularly interested in the processes that give rise to intergroup reactions and the consequences of these reactions for social relations and individual well-being.
David Sherman’s research examines the role of the self in responding to threats and stressful events.