Regularly offered courses. I teach several courses in the social psychology curriculum on a fairly regular basis. At the undergraduate level, these include Introduction to Social Psychology (PSYCH 204) and The Psychology of Attitudes (PSYCH 385). At the graduate level, I teach a course called Theories of Social Psychology (PSYCH 481) and also offer topical seminars in a variety of areas. Past topics have included: implicit social cognition, social identity, emotion and social cognition, and prejudice and stereotyping.


PSYCH 204 (Social Psychology). Prerequisite: PSYCH 110. This course provides a systematic survey of research on the social context of human behavior. We explore topics such as attraction, aggression, prejudice, cooperation, social influence, and many others.

PSYCH 385 (Psychology of Attitudes). Prerequisite: PSYCH 204. This course is a survey of research on social and consumer attitudes, focusing on the processes involved in forming, using, and changing our evaluations of the social world.


PSYCH 489 (Special Topics in Social Psychology). This graduate-level seminar will explore the question: What is the practical value of social cognition research?


PSYCH 357 (Advanced Seminar: Theoretical Controversies in Social Psychology). Prerequisite: PSYCH 204. This research-focused seminar will address a wide range of scientific controversies in social psychology. Is there such a thing as unconscious racism? Does using social media have harmful psychological effects? Is subliminal persuasion a myth? Are stereotypes usually accurate? Does religious belief promote morality? We will tackle a range of controversial issues, in each case considering how scientific methods can shed light on their resolution.

Independent study and individualized instruction

My lab group is often looking for highly motivated undergraduates who would like to get involved in research via enrollment in an independent study course (PSYCH 397 or 399). Preference is given to students who want to work in the lab for more than one quarter. Interested students should send an email inquiry to determine whether there are any current vacancies in the lab. Students who are interested in pursuing their own research project (e.g., an honors thesis project) in the lab are also encouraged to make an email inquiry.

Graduate students who are pursuing research collaborations with me may also enroll in independent study (PSYCH 499) to receive course credit.