Group Identity and Social Perception Lab


Michael was selected to attend SISPP 2017 at the University of Southern California!

A new article in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, that includes the GISP lab, suggests that affirmations can improve academic performance for students low in belonging, regardless of their race/ethnicity.

Michael received a Research Seed Grant from the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA Division 36)!

Julia successfully defended her comprehensive exam! "Masculinity May Be an Important but Unstable Self-Concept that Men Psychologically Defend"

Michael received a Graduate Travel Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology!

Our recently published paper in Psychological Science shows how psychological interventions that help reduce the effects of social identity threat can have ecological effects that benefit entire classrooms.

Jonathan is an author on a new publication showing that in the presence of psychological stress, a values-affirmation intervention can prevent endothelial damage (a precursor to cardiovascular disease).

A recently published pilot study from the GISP lab suggests that many people living with MS anticipate stigma and this motivates disease concealment.

Meg received the 2015 Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship from The American Psychological Foundation to join the GISP Lab and study the relationship between stigma, depression, and disease progression in individuals with multiple sclerosis!

Michael succesfully defended his master's thesis! "When Faith Hurts: Stigma, Social Identity Threat, and Religion."


Michael gave a talk about religion-based social identity threat at the convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Antonio, TX.

Michael and Jonathan co-chaired a symposium, Expanding theory on identity threat: New populations and diverse outcomes at the convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Antonio, TX.

Jonathan spoke at the Intervention Science Preconference at #SPSP2017.

Jonathan presented on, The Science of Inclusion, as part of the Penn State 2D Cyrstal Consortium Materials Innovation Platform webinar series funded by NSF.

Jonathan presented at the Social Psychology Brownbag meeting at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan gave a talk on social identity threat and health at the annual conference of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology in Santa Monica, CA.

Jonathan led a discussion on navigating social identity in the classroom at the summer conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in Minneapolis.

Michael presented findings from a national study of religious stigma at the Association for Psychological Science convention in Chicago!

Check out the four GISP LAB posters authored by undergraduate researchers at this year's convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago!

Jonthan spoke about, Lasting Impact of Brief Psychological Interventions: New Findings and Insights, at Rutgers University Newark's Psychology Department Spring Colloquium series.

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Group Identity and
Social Perception Lab

525 Moore Building
Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802