How do people resolve the ambivalent feelings they have about members of other groups? What mental maneuvers do people use to shield themselves from threats to their self-concepts? How do people deal with having violated their moral and other behavioral standards? At the broadest level, my research focuses on the motivational aspects of social cognition. More specific interests include attitudinal ambivalence, social stigma, defensive and self-protective processes in judgment and memory, and the social psychology of genocide and mass killing.
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Newman, L. S., & Erber, R. (Eds.). (2002). Understanding genocide: The social psychology of the Holocaust. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Newman, L. S., Duff, K. J., Schnopp-Wyatt, N., Brock, B., & Hoffman, Y. (1997). Reactions to the O. J. Simpson verdict: "Mindless tribalism" or motivated inference processes? Journal of Social Issues, 53(3), 547-562.
- Newman, L. S. (2009). Was Walter Lippmann interested in stereotyping? Public opinion and cognitive social psychology. History of Psychology, 12, 7-18.
- Newman, L. S., & Bakina, D. A. (2009). Do people resist social-psychological perspectives on wrongdoing? Reactions to dispositional, situational, and interactionist explanations. Social Influence, 4, 256-273.
- Newman, L. S., Caldwell, T. L., Chamberlin, B., & Griffin, T. (2005). Thought suppression, projection, and the development of stereotypes. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 259-266.
- Newman, L. S., & McKinney, L. C. (2002). Repressive coping and threat avoidance: An idiographic Stroop study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 409-422.
- Newman, L. S., Baumeister, R. F. (1996). Toward an explanation of the UFO abduction phenomenon: Hypnotic elaboration, extraterrestrial sadomasochism, and spurious memories. Psychological Inquiry, 7(2), 99-126.
- Newman, L. S., Duff, K. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (1997). A new look at defensive projection: Thought suppression, accessibility, and biased person perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 980-1001.
- Newman, L. S. (1993). How individualists interpret behavior: Idiocentrism and spontaneous trait inference. Social Cognition, 11, 243-269.
- Newman, L. S. (2001). A cornerstone for the science of interpersonal behavior? Person perception and person memory, past, present, and future. In G. B. Moskowitz (Ed.), Cognitive social psychology: The Princeton symposium on the legacy and future of social cognition (pp.191-207). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Newman, L. S. (2002). What is a "social-psychological" account of perpetrator behavior? The person versus the situation in Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners. In L. S. Newman & R. Erber (Eds.), Understanding genocide: The social psychology of the Holocaust (pp. 43-67). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Attitude Change
- Research Methods in Social Psychology
- Social Cognition
- Social Psychology
- The Social Psychology of Genocide and Mass Killing
Department of Psychology
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