Richard E. Petty [Faculty]
Rich received his MA and PhD degrees from Ohio State University where he currently is Distinguished University Professor of psychology. Much of his current work (and that of the students and colleagues with whom he collaborates) focuses broadly on the situational and individual difference factors responsible for changes in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Topics of special current interest include: understanding the role of meta-cognitive (e.g., confidence/certainty) as well as implicit (automatic or unconscious) factors in persuasion, resistance to change, and advocacy; the effect of racial and ethnic prejudice, specific emotions, and morality on social judgment and behavior; and investigating how people correct their evaluations for various factors they think may have biased their judgments. He has received career contribution awards from SESP, SPSP, SCP, and PMIG. His prior service includes editing PSPB and serving as President of SPSP, FPSP, and MPA. His work has resulted in 8 books and over 350 journal articles and chapters.
Duane T. Wegener [Faculty]
Duane received his MA and PhD degrees from Ohio State University. After serving as Assistant Professor of psychology at Yale and Associate Professor and Full Professor at Purdue University, he joined OSU in 2010 where he is currently Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of psychology. His research focuses on attitudes and bias correction. Current topics include influences on the amount and nature of information processing, antecedents of various aspects of attitude strength, meta-cognitive influences on use of attitudes in judgment and behavior, and antecedents and consequences of perceptions of persuasive source characteristics. His research extends theories of attitudes and bias correction across domains such as stereotyping, misinformation effects, impression formation, and judgment and decision-making. His recognitions include the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to social psychology (2001) and serving as editor of PSPB (2013-2016). His research has resulted in 1 book and over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Pablo Briñol [Research Associate — Sponsor: Richard Petty]
Pablo received his MA and PHD degrees from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where he currently serves as Associate Professor. After a postdoc with Richard Petty, he continues as a regular visiting scholar at Ohio State. His primary research interest focuses on the study of the psychological mechanisms underlying attitudes and persuasion with an emphasis on metacognitive processes and measures of change. In 2017 he received the Kurt Lewin Medal from the European Association of Social Psychology as a leading mid-career researcher in social psychology. His research has appeared in the field’s top journals and includes more than 100 publications.
Jaroth Lanzalotta [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Jaroth received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Reed College in 2017. He is currently a third year student in the social psychology Ph.D. program. Jaroth’s research interests lie broadly in the domain of social influence, specifically regarding persuasion, compliance, and conformity, with related interests in group dynamics regarding intergroup discrimination and biases. He is especially interested in how and why people resist such influence. Jaroth is also currently investigating the determinants of hypocrisy judgments and especially how they are related to perceived morality. Jaroth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Matthews [Graduate Student — Co-advisors: Duane Wegener and Richard Petty]
Mark received his BA in psychology with minors in both history and professional writing from The Ohio State University at Mansfield in 2016 and his MA in general psychology from the University of Dayton in 2018. Currently, he is a second year student in the social psychology Ph.D. program. His research aims to examine: (1) how individual differences in beliefs and personality affect persuasion processes, and (2) when and why attitudes become integrated into one’s self concept with a focus on how those attitudes influence behavior. Mark is passionate about working on projects involving interpersonal relationships, religion, morality, politics, and self-development.
Aviva Philipp-Muller [Graduate Student — Co-advisors: Duane Wegener and Richard Petty]
Aviva received her B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto in 2016. She is interested in the consequences of moral conviction and how feeling that an issue is morally charged might affect one’s attitudes. Along with Professors Wegener and Petty, she is currently looking at how possessing strong moral conviction about an issue affects behavioral outcomes as well as how moral conviction affects individuals as recipients of persuasive messaging. For example, does matching moral arguments to a moral basis increase persuasion? Her other research interests include attachment in relationships and environmental sustainability messaging.
Joe Siev [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Joe completed a BA in history from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2009 and following post-baccalaureate work in psychology at CUNY-Brooklyn College, began OSU’s social psychology PhD program in August, 2017. His research interests center on attitude extremity and polarization, including the roles of ideology and group membership. Currently, Joe is studying the process by which individuals fuse with groups and enact their (sometimes extreme) ideologies, and exploring a potential avenue to attitude depolarization. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Mark Susmann [Graduate Student — Advisor: Duane Wegener]
Mark received his BA in psychology from SUNY-Geneseo in 2015 and he is currently a fourth year student in the social psychology Ph.D. program. Mark’s research interests broadly lie in the examination of how attitudes influence one’s perceptions of information and why people rely on certain pieces of information about others. Recently, Mark has been examining how attitudes and perceptions of the source can affect people’s reaction to numeric anchors. Additionally, Mark has been investigating how and why people continue to rely on retracted misinformation and the consequences this continued reliance may have.
Jake Teeny [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Jake received a BS in psychology and philosophy from Santa Clara University in 2012, and his MA in social psychology from OSU in 2015. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field, Jake researches attitudes and persuasion, specifically, when and why people try to convince you of their beliefs (i.e., the antecedents of advocacy). Additionally, he works with faculty in the marketing department at OSU to study when people engage in word of mouth. To learn more about Jake’s other research interests and projects (as well as read some of his short stories), his website can be found at www.everydaypsych.com).
Laura Wallace [Postdoctoral Fellow — Advisors: Kentaro Fujita and Duane Wegener]
Laura received her BA in Organizational Communication from Xavier University in 2012 and her MA (2015) and Ph.D. (2019) degrees from Ohio State supervised by Duane Wegener. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Ken Fujita’s lab. Her research primarily asks two questions: (1) What factors make an advocate more or less effective, and (2) What makes people work for social change. Recently, Laura has been exploring when people will perceive an advocate as biased and what consequences that might have for persuasion attempts. Laura has also been exploring how people manage the choice to defend or change their social systems when they learn that the system is flawed.
Nancy Xu [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Nancy received her BA in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2015. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in the social psychology program. Broadly, speaking, she is interested in thought confidence, self-validation, and attitude change. Currently, she is working on projects investigating the differential predictive validity of the two need to evaluate subscales (NE: learning & NE: expressing). Additional areas of interest include power relationships, the effectiveness of two-sided messages, as well as resistance to attitudinal changes in cross-cultural contexts. Nancy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.