We are currently organizing the Fall 2020 schedule to accommodate possible COVID-19 modifications.

The social psychology group in the Department of Psychology at CGU calls its colloquium/symposium meetings “Social Socials” because they are doubly social—they are about social psychology and they are a social event that brings together faculty, graduate students, visitors and anyone who is interested in social psychology. We meet every two to three weeks during each semester, usually for an hour at lunch time (12 pm – 1 pm). Everyone with an interest in social psychology is welcome—we provide lunch and informative and interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics in social psychology. Social Socials are a balanced mix of basic and applied scientific presentations from distinguished social psychologists around the world. Each May we look forward to a “thesis fair” where social students who have just completed their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation tell us about their research.

The Social Socials program is organized and run by a committee of social psychology graduate students: chaired by Alison Young (alison.young@cgu.edu), the committee also comprises Xiang Ao (xiang.ao@cgu.edu), Ranyu Bo (ranyu.bo@cgu.edu), Michael Knapp (michael.knapp@cgu.edu), Austin Shockley (austin.shockley@cgu.edu), and Rachelle Webb (rachelle.webb@cgu.edu). The faculty advisor is Professor Michael Hogg (michael.hogg@cgu.edu).

2019-2020 Schedule

Jeffery Mio

September 17, 2019
Dr. Jeffery Mio, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
“30 Years of Metaphor: Studying Metaphors Used in Political Persuasion”

Kate Sweeny

October 29, 2019
Dr. Kate Sweeny, University of California, Riverside
“Secrets to Waiting Well”

Piercarlo Valdesolo

November 12, 2019
Dr. Piercarlo Valdesolo, Claremont McKenna College
“Moral Harm Needs No Dehumanization”

Nadav Goldschmied

December 10, 2019
Dr. Nadav Goldschmied, University of San Diego
“The dreaded air-ball shot: Fear and loathing on the basketball court”

Steffanie Guillermo

January 28, 2020
Dr. Steffanie Guillermo, Pitzer College
“Effects of Suspect Race on Perceptions of Coerciveness and Guilt in Interrogations”

Peter Ditto

February 11, 2020
Dr. Peter Ditto, University of California, Irvine
“Is Partisan Bias Bipartisan?”

March 10, 2020
Dr. Bin Ling, Hohai University
“How to Stimulate Employees to Speak Up: The Explanations from Social Exchange Theory and Uncertainty Identity Theory”

Viviane Seyranian

Dr. Viviane Seyranian, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Máire Ford

Dr. Máire Ford, Loyola Marymount University

Heejung Kim

Dr. Heejung Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara

MA Thesis Fair

MA Thesis Fair, Claremont Graduate University

2018-2019 Schedule

Diane Mackie

September 18, 2018
Dr. Diane Mackie, University of California, Santa Barbara
“The Ties That Bind: Relations Among Group Identification, Emotional Connections to Groups, and Group-Supportive Behaviors”

Allison Vaughn

October 30, 2018
Dr. Allison Vaughn, San Diego State University
“Social Networks and Health of Lesbian Women and Gay Men”

Ronald Riggio

November 6, 2018
Dr. Ronald Riggio, Claremont Mckenna College
“How Leaders Inspire, Manipulate, and Empower Followers: Leadership for Good and for Evil”

Bernard Weiner

November 13, 2018
Dr. Bernard Weiner, University of California, Los Angeles
“The Legacy of an Attribution Approach to Motivation and Emotion: A No-Crisis Zone” 

David Marx

November 27, 2018
Dr. David Marx, San Diego State University
“When Exposure to Similar In-group Peers Boosts Students’ STEM Experiences” 

Cynthia Pickett

December 4, 2018
Dr. Cynthia Pickett, University of California, Davis
“The Implications of Multiple Group Identification for Decision Satisfaction and Regret”

David Day

January 29, 2019
Dr. David Day, Claremont Mckenna College
“Do Leaders Matter? A Succession Study of Executive Leadership in Science”

Adam Pearson

February 26, 2019
Dr. Adam Pearson, Pomona College
“Diversity Science Meets Sustainability Science: Pro-Environmental Engagement Beyond the Partisan Gap”

Jami Bartgis

March 5, 2019
Dr. Jami Bartgis, One Fire Associates, LLC
“By the People for the People: Promoting Youth and Family Driven Research and Evaluation for Indigenous Communities”

David Sherman

April 16, 2019
Dr. David Sherman, University of California, Santa Barbara
“The Relationship between Environmental Beliefs, Social Norms, and Support for Environmental Action: Moderators and Mechanisms”

MA Thesis Fair

May 7, 2019
MA Thesis Fair, Claremont Graduate University

2017-2018 Schedule

Robin Vallacher

September 5, 2017
Dr. Robin Vallacher, Florida Atlantic University
“Destiny Is in the Details: How People Find Meaning in Life”

Andrzej Nowak

September 12, 2017
Dr. Andrzej Nowak, University of Warsaw, Poland
“Autocratic Recidivism: How Modeling Synchronization Helps Us to Understand Why Democracy Fails”

Jean Twenge

September 26, 2017
Dr. Jean Twenge, San Diego State University
“Cultural Trends Shaping iGen: Individualism, Insecurity, Internet, and In No Hurry to Grow Up.”

Tiffany Brannon

October 10, 2017
Dr. Tiffany Brannon, University of California, Los Angeles
“Pride and Prejudice Pathways to Positive Academic and Intergroup Outcomes”

Stephen Read

October 24, 2017
Dr. Stephen Read, University of Southern California
“A Neurobiologically Inspired Neural Network Model of the Dynamics of Everyday Social Decision-Making”

Louis Penner

November 14, 2017
Dr. Louis Penner, Wayne State University/Karmanos Institute
“Race-Related Thoughts and Feelings and Healthcare Disparities”

Rob MacCoun

January 23, 2018
Dr. Rob MacCoun, Stanford Law School
“Rapid-Changing Standards and Practices in Empirical Social Science: Will They Hinder Discovery?”

Dale Miller

February 6, 2018
Dr. Dale Miller, Stanford Graduate School of Business
“Behavioral Processes in Long-Lag Intervention Studies”

Joseph Walther

February 20, 2018
Dr. Joseph Walther, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Misattribution in Online Social Influence”

Jonathan Butner

March 29, 2018
Dr. Jonathan Butner, University of Utah
“Revisiting the Dialectic Nature of Affect: A Dynamical Systems Approach”

Julie Christian

April 3, 2018
Dr. Julie Christian, University of Birmingham, UK
Applying Social Identity Theory to Understanding Social Issues: What We Have Learned Over the Course of 25 Years of Research?”

Saadi Ahlou

April 24, 2018
Dr. Saadi Lahlou, London School of Economics
“Installation Theory and How People Learn to Behave”


May 1, 2018
MA thesis fair, Claremont Graduate University

2016-2017 Schedule

Norbert Kerr

September 6, 2016
Dr. Norbert Kerr, Michigan State University and the University of Kent, UK (Visiting Professor at CGU)
“The Social Psychology of Small Group Behavior: A Kerr’s Eye View”

Jenny Rinehart

September 13, 2016
Dr. Jenny Rinehart, University of California, Irvine
“Sexual Victimization of College Women: Cognitive and Attitudinal Processes”

P.J. Henry

September 20, 2016
Dr. P.J. Henry, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
“Stigma Compensation: A Theory Predicting Ethnic Minority Aggression in the United States”

Fritz Strack

October 4, 2016
Dr. Fritz Strack, Universitat Wurzburg, Germany
“Social Cognition Applied: The Triple Nature of Utility”

Lisa Meredith

October 18, 2016
Dr. Lisa Meredith, RAND
“Improving Care for Underserved Patients With PTSD in Primary Care Settings”

Zach Hohman

November 17, 2016
Dr. Zach Hohman, Texas Tech University
“A Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Message Processing and Memory: Developing Effective PSAs”

Stefano Mastandrea

November 29, 2016
Dr. Stefano Mastandrea, University of Roma Tre, Italy
“Studies in Perception, Aesthetics, and the Arts”

Matthew Hornsey

February 2, 2017
Dr. Matthew Hornsey, University of Queensland, Australia
”Attitude Roots and Jiu Jitsu Persuasion: Understanding and Overcoming the Motivated Rejection of Science”

Kaveri Subrahmaymam

February 21, 2017
Dr. Kaveri Subrahmaymam, California State University, Los Angeles
“Digital Media and Development: The Relation Between Electronic Communication and Well-Being”

Roxane Cohen Silver

February 28, 2017
Dr. Roxane Cohen Silver, University of California, Irvine
“Coping with Life’s Personal and Collective Tragedies”

David Rast

March 2, 2017
Dr. David Rast III, University of Alberta, Canada
“Intergroup Leadership Across Distinct Subgroups and Identities”

Adam Pearson

March 21, 2017
Dr. Adam Pearson, Pomona College
“A New Look at Intergroup Anxiety: Affective Attribution Errors in Intergroup Perception”

David Marx

April 18, 2017
Dr. David Marx, San Diego State University
“Moving From the Lab to the Classroom: Investigating the Impact of Female Peer Role Models for Broadening Participation in STEM”


May 5, 2017
MA Thesis Fair

2015-2016 Schedule

David Funder

September 8, 2015
Dr. David Funder, University of California, Riverside
“Taking Situations Seriously”

Jesse Graham

October 6, 2015
Dr. Jesse Graham, University of Southern California
“Political Ideology and Conflicting Visions of Morality”

Christopher Bryan

October 13, 2015
Dr. Christopher Bryan, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
“Being by Doing: Implicating the Self to Influence Behavior”

Shana Levin

October 27, 2015
Dr. Shana Levin, Claremont McKenna College
“A Dual Process Approach to Understanding Intergroup Threat Perceptions, Emotions, and Support for Hezbollah and Al Qaeda”

Amber Gaffney

November 10, 2015
Dr. Amber Gaffney, Humboldt State University
“Outgroup Influence: The Art of Not Being Them”

Brenda Major

February 16, 2016
Dr. Brenda Major, University of California, Santa Barbara
“How Diversity Politics Shape Perceptions of Fairness and Discrimination”

Viviane Seyranian

March 29, 2016
Dr. Viviane Seyranian, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
“Using Social Identity Framing to Mobilize Social Change”

Heidi Riggio

April 5, 2016
Dr. Heidi Riggio, California State University, Los Angeles
“Enhancing Social Identity: Religiosity and the God-Serving Bias”

Debbie Ma

April 14, 2016
Dr. Debbie Ma, California State University, Northridge
“Predicting Judgments from Features”

Norah Dunbar

April 19, 2016
Dr. Norah Dunbar, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Serious Video Games in Cognitive Bias Training”


May 3, 2016
MA Thesis Fair

2014-2015 Schedule


September 16, 2014
Mark Rinella, Joseph Wagoner, Jessica Tomory
“Surviving Grad School”

Ajay Satpute

September 30, 2014
Dr. Ajay Satpute, Pomona College
“The Psychology and Neuroscience of Categorizing Emotions”

David Hamilton

October 28, 2014
Dr. David Hamilton, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Sowing the Seeds of Stereotypes: Spontaneous Trait Inferences About Groups”

Kate Sweeny

November 11, 2014
Dr. Kate Sweeny, University of California, Riverside
“Is Waiting the Hardest Part? Unpacking the Experience of Uncertain Waiting Periods”

Cameron Brick

December 2, 2014
Cameron Brick, University of Califorania, Santa Barbara
“What Drives Environmental Behavior? Examining Personality and Social Visibility”

Norbert Schwarz

January 27, 2015
Dr. Norbert Schwarz, University of Southern California
“The Challenge of Correcting Misinformation”

Russ Fazio

February 10, 2015
Dr. Russ Fazio, Ohio State University
“Weighting Positive vs. Negative Valence”

Jim Blascovich

February 17, 2015
Dr. Jim Blascovich, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Challenge/Threat Meets FMRI: A History”

Teresa Garcia-Marques

February 24, 2015
Teresa Garcia-Marques, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Portugal
“Familiarity Increases Intuitive Responses”

Matthew Lieberman

March 10, 2015
Dr. Matthew Lieberman, University of California, Los Angeles
“Everyday Mindreading: An Integrative Social Brain Model”

Jeff Stone

April 7, 2015
Dr. Jeff Stone, University of Arizona
“Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care”

Paul Piff

April 29, 2015
Dr. Paul Piff, University of California, Irvine
“The Social in Social Class”


May 5, 2015
MA Thesis Fair, CGU

2013-2014 Schedule


September 10, 2013
Matt Ballew, Jessica Tomory, Jennifer Williams, Joseph Wagoner
“How to Survive Graduate School”

Jamin Halberstadt

October 1, 2013
Dr. Jamin Halberstadt, University of Otago, New Zealand
“A Psychology of the Gaps: How We Think and Feel About Ambiguous Other People”

A. Janet Tomiyama

October 15, 2013
Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama, University of California, Los Angeles
“Weight Stigma: Cure or Curse?”

Antonis Gardikiotis

November 12, 2013
Antonis Gardikiotis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
“Explaining Social Influence: Thinking as an Underlying Process”

Radmila Prislin

November 19, 2013
Radmila Prislin, PhD, San Diego State University
“Social Stability and Social Change: The Effects on Valuation of Diversity”

Tamsin German

December 10, 2013
Tamsin German, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Narrow vs. Broad Specialization in Mechanisms Supporting ‘Theory of Mind’”

James Liu

December 13, 2013
James Liu, PhD, University of Wellington, New Zealand
“Fringe Groups and Relative Deprivation”

Jenessa Shapiro

February 4, 2014
Jenessa Shapiro, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
“Stereotype Threat”

Thierry Devos

February 18, 2014
Thierry Devos, PhD, San Diego State University
“Boundaries of American identity”

Donna Garcia

March 11, 2014
Donna Garcia, PhD, California State University, San Bernardino
“To Complain or Not Complain”

Allson Vaughn

March 25, 2014
Allison Vaughn, PhD, San Diego State University
“ABCs of LGB”

Peter Ditto

April 8, 2014
Peter H. Ditto, PhD, University of California, Irvine
“Moral Institutionism”

Thomas Sy

April 22, 2014
Thomas Sy, PhD, University of California, Riverside
“Implicit Followership Theories”


May 6, 2014
Thesis Fair

2012 – 2013 Schedule


September 11, 2012
“Surviving Grad School”

Vladimir Turjacanin

September 25, 2012
Dr. Vladimir Turjacanin, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Ethnic Relations Among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Bettina Casad

October 9, 2012
Dr. Bettina Casad, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
“Effects of Threatening Intellectual Environments on Women’s Success in STEM”

Piotr Winkielman

November 27, 2012
Dr. Piotr Winkielman, University of California, San Diego
“Don’t Mess With Mister In-Between: Fluency, Ambiguity and Social Judgments”

Ann Bettencourt

December 4, 2012
Ann Bettencourt, University of Missouri
“Mindfulness Practice: Toward Improving Intergroup Relations”

Robin Martin

January 22, 2013
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston Business School, UK
“When Leaders Are in the Numerical Majority or Minority: Differential Effects of Problem-Solving”

Scott Wiltermuth

February 12, 2013
Dr. Scott Wiltermuth, University of Southern California
“How the Presence of Third-Party Beneficiaries Impacts Ethical Decision-Making”

Alan Stacy

February 26, 2013
Dr. Alan Stacy, Claremont Graduate University
“An Associative Memory Framework for Health Behavior and Prevention”

Walid Afifi

March 12, 2013
Dr. Walid Afifi, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Uncertainty and Its Management: Struggling with the (Un)Known”

Margaret Shih

April 9, 2012
Dr. Margaret Shih, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
“Multiple Identities: Putting Your Best Self Forward”

2011 – 2012 Schedule

Giuseppe Carrus

October 4, 2011
Dr. Guiseppe Carrus, University of Rome
“The Social Psychological Correlates of Environmentally Friendly Action: Results From Recent Empirical Studies In Italy”

Heejung Kim

October 25, 2011
Dr. Heejung Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Gene-Culture Interactions in Cognitive, Affective and Interpersonal Processes”

Scott Reid

November 15, 2011
Dr. Scott Reid, University of California Santa Barbara
“Parasite Primes Make Foreign-Accented English Sound More Distant to People Who Are Disgusted by Pathogens (but Not Sex or Morality)”

Zachary Hohman

November 30, 2011
Zachary Hohman, Claremont Graduate University

Robin Martin

January 24, 2012
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston Business School, UK
“Attitudes Following Majority and Minority Influence: Differential Processes and Outcomes”

David Marx

February 7, 2012
Dr. David Marx, San Diego State University
“Fear of the Known: The Effect of Role Model Relevance and Gender on Performance Under Threat”

Piercarlo Valdesolo

February 21, 2012
Dr. Piercarlo Valdesolo, Claremont McKenna College
“Synchrony and Social Movements: Coordinating the Body Coordinates the Mind”

Adam Pearson

March 6, 2012
Dr. Adam Pearson, Pomona College
“The Font of War: How Processing Experiences Shape Intergroup Cognition”

Cynthia Pickett

April 6, 2012
Dr. Cynthia Pickett, University of California, Davis


May 1, 2012
Master’s Thesis Fair

2010 – 2011 Schedule

James Kaufman

September 28, 2010
Dr. James Kaufman, California State University, San Bernardino
“From First Insight to Creative Genius: A Developmental Perspective on Creativity”


October 5, 2010
Student Presentation Panel
“How to Survive Graduate School”


October 26, 2010
Caroline Hood, Amanda Keeler and Liesl Nydegger, Claremont Graduate University
“HIV prevention Among Substance Abusers”

Janis Kupersmidt

November 3, 2010
Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, Senior Research Scientist at Innovation Research and Training
“Media Literacy Education for Substance Abuse Prevention: Results of Randomized Efficacy Trials of Elementary and Middle School Programs”

Adam Fingerhut

November 30, 2010
Dr. Adam Fingerhut, Loyola Marymount University
“Sexual Minorities and Minority and Majority Group Members”

Sheila Murphy

February 8, 2011
Dr. Sheila Murphy, University of Southern California
“Translating Theory Into Practice in Entertainment Education”

Howard Giles

March 8, 2011
Dr. Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara


March 22, 2011
Thesis Fair

Benoit Monin

April 5, 2011
Dr. Benoit Monin, Stanford University

Antonis Gardikiotis

April 26, 2011
Dr. Antonis Gardikiotis, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

2009-2010 Schedule


September 8, 2009
Student Presentations (Lori Garner, Fiona Grant, Monique Matelski, and Kim Perkins)
“A Hard Day’s Night (or Year): Dealing With Stress and Navigating Your Graduate Experience””

Jennifer Groscup

October 6, 2009
Dr. Jennifer Groscup, Scripps College
“To Speak or Not to Speak? Understanding the Role of Defendant Statements as a Response to Victim Impact Statements in Court”

Roy Baumeister

October 20, 2009
Dr. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University
“Is Conscious Thought Good for Anything?”

Dianne Tice

November 3, 2009
Dr. Dianne Tice, Florida State University
“Making Choices Impairs Self-Regulation: A Limited Resource Approach”

Wendy Wood

December 1, 2009
Dr. Wendy Wood, University of Southern California
“Habits as Self-Regulation”

Jessica Borelli

February 16, 2010
Dr. Jessica Borelli, Pomona College
“Attachment and Emotion Regulation in School-Aged Children”

Luis Rivera

March 23, 2010
Dr. Luis Rivera, California State University, San Bernardino
“Group Affirmation and Derogation of Non-Prototypical Ingroup Members”

Jason Siegel

March 30, 2010
Student Presentations (Dr. Jason Siegel’s Tolman Research Group)
“For Your RE-Consideration: Tolman’s Theory of Purposive Behavior”

David Funder

April 6, 2010
Dr. David Funder, University of California, Riverside
“Error and Accuracy in Personality Judgment”


April 21, 2010
Student Presentations (David Rast and Viviane Seyranian)
“Leadership and Psychology”

James Blascovich

April 27, 2010
Dr. James Blascovich, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Social Influence in Virtual Environments”


May 4, 2010
Thesis Fair

2008-2009 Schedule

Thierry Devos

September 24, 2008
Dr. Thierry Devos, San Diego State University
“Who Is American? Vicissitudes of a National Identity Across Ethnic Groups”


October 7, 2008
Student Presentations (Amber Gaffney, Ashaki Jackson, and Erica Rosenthal)
“Women and Psychology”

Marilynn Brewer

October 30, 2008
Dr. Marilynn Brewer, Ohio State University
“Expanding the ‘We’: Social Identity Complexity”


November 18, 2008
Student Presentations (Andrew Lac and Brianna Lienemann)
“Drugs and Psychology”

Jamie Kurtz

November 25, 2008
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, Pomona College
“The Surprising Benefits of Residential Mobility


February 3, 2009
Student Presentations (Heather Butler, John McCabe, and Kathryn Sperry)
“Psychology and Law”

Julian Montoro Rodriguez

February 17, 2009
Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, California State University, San Bernardino
“The Impact of Social Embarrassment on Caregiving Distress in a Multi-Cultural Sample of Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients”

Daan van Knippenberg

March 3, 2009
Dr. Daan van Knippenberg, Erasmus University, the Netherlands
“Moving the Hearts and Minds of Followers: Leader Affective Displays and Leadership Effectiveness”


March 24, 2009
Student Presentations (Sarah Boyle, Ivy Carrete, Elizabeth Chamberlin, Stacy Hawkins, Chris Lamb, and Dustin Tamashiro)
“LGBT Issues and Psychology”

David Hamilton

April 7, 2009
Dr. David Hamilton, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Perceiving the Groupness of Groups: Ten Years of Entitativity”

Eric Hurley

April 21, 2009
Dr. Eric Hurley, Pomona College
“Cognition, Behavior and Learning: Interaction Among Cultures Brought Into Close Proximity by Public Education”


May 5, 2009
Thesis Fair

2007-2008 Schedule

Mark Snyder

September 28, 2007
Dr. Mark Snyder, University of Minnesota
“Products of Their Personalities or Creatures of Their Situations? Explorations of Personality and Social Behavior”


October 30, 2007
Alumni Panel: Dr. Erina Lee, Dr. Bettina Casad, and Lauren Garcia

David Sherman

November 13, 2007
Dr. David Sherman, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Threats and Affirmations: The Interplay of Self and Social Identity”


February 12, 2008
Dr. Mark Costanzo, Claremont McKenna College
“The Psychology of Police Interrogations and False Confessions”

Debra Mashek

February 26, 2008
Dr. Debra Mashek, Harvey Mudd College


March 11, 2008
Student Presentations (Amber Gaffney and Benjamin Marcus)
“Environmentalism and Psychology”


March 25, 2008
Student Presentations (Janice Adelman, Robert Blagg, and Jessica Clevering)
“Religion and Psychology”

Robin Martin

April 8, 2008
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston University, UK
“Persuasion through Numbers: The Effects of Majority and Minority Numerical Support on Attitude Change”


April 29, 2008
Thesis Fair