Friday, January 19, 2018

Congratulations to Stephanie Cerce, Blame Lab member whose dissertation proposal was approved yesterday by her committee!

Stephanie Cerce will be examining the efficacy of  historicist narrative interventions in real-world contexts, with a particular focus on both marriage relationships and self-evaluation.

In one set of studies, she will test whether a historicist narrative intervention can reduce harsh blame of one's partner in a marital context, thereby improving relationship quality. In another set of studies, she will test whether a historicist narrative intervention can reduce the debilitating self-blame of those suffering from depression. She has developed a sophisticated model outlining when she expects narratives to be more or less effective. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Exciting news from the Blame Lab: A new Ph.D. student

Sine Zungu has joined the lab as a 1st-year Ph.D. student. Sine has joined us from South Africa. 

Welcome, Sine! We look forward to an exciting and fruitful collaboration! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

September, 2016: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Leipzig, Germany

University of Leipzig
Logo: DGPs - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
In September, I attended the annual meeting of the German Psychological Society. I was a presenter in a symposium organized by Friederike Funk, with Linda Skitka as discussant. Friederike presented a talk entitled, Beyond Retribution: Wronged People Have Transformative Motives Toward Transgressors. Mario Gollwitzer gave a talk entitled, Mercy Before Justice: Third-Party Approvals of Engaging in (and Refraining from) Personal Retaliation. My talk was entitled, On the Importance of History: Historicist Narratives Regarding Transgressors Temper Blame and Punitiveness via a Novel Mechanism. We all learned a lot from the wonderful opportunity to hear Linda Skitka share her insights about our work! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ISJR, 2016 - Canterbury, UK

I just returned from the amazing, historic city of Canterbury, UK. There, I chaired a symposium at the International Society for Justice Research. The symposium theme was: Blame and Punishment: Perceptual, Emotional, and Cognitive Influences on the Intensity of Responses to Wrongdoing. I presented my work on historicist narratives and their "civilizing" impact on blame and punishment. Other participants included Yael Granot of NYU (Yael - Balectis lab group) who spoke about how visual attention to an outgroup transgressor magnifies the effect of group-identification on punishment decisions, Neal Feigenson of Quinnipiac School of Law (Neal) who spoke about the role of emotion in judgments of blame and punishment, and Mario Gollwitzer of Philipps-Universität Marburg (Mario) who spoke about how perceived group entitativity increases the likelihood of "vicarious revenge" (i.e., revenge carried out against an outgroup member who was not responsible for the original offense against oneself). It was a great set of talks!
Canterbury Cathedral

Monday, May 30, 2016

BLAB on the road...

People of the BLAB just returned from Chicago where they presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference. Mike presented our work on historicist narratives as part of symposium on Compassion and Blame for Victims and Transgressors. Other symposium participants included Yael Granot of NYU psychology (Yael - Emily Balectis lab group) who spoke about how visual attention to an outgroup transgressor magnifies the effect of group-identification on punishment decisions, Janice Nadler of Northwestern School of Law (Janice Nadler) who spoke about how minor character flaws can increase harsh responses to a transgressor even when the flaws have little to do with the offense at issue, and Liz Mullen of San Jose State School of Management (Liz Mullen) who spoke about how power moderates responses to injustice such that high power people prefer to compensate victims whereas low power people prefer to punish transgressors.

Graduate student members of the BLAB all gave a poster presentation:
  • Stephanie Cerce & Michael Gill: Reducing Blame for Intentional Transgressions by Priming Historicist Explanations
  • Nick Ungson & Michael Gill: Negativity or “Negativity”? Historicism Moderates the Link between IAT Scores and Prosociality Toward a Black Conversation Partner
  • Natasha Thalla & Dominic Packer: Exceeding Expectations: Demonstrating Egalitarianism by Favoring Outgroup Members

  • July, 2016: Mike chairs a symposium at at the International Society for Justice Research conference, Canterbury, UK. Stephanie presents at the Ph.D. workshop there. 
  • September, 2016: Mike presents at a symposium chaired by Friederike Funk at the German Society for Psychology conference, Leipzig, Germany. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A great year for members of the Blame Lab!

 Every graduate student member of the Morality and Blame Lab passed a major milestone this year! Congratulations to everyone!

  • Justin Aoki accepted his first academic position, a tenure-track job at Madison (WI) College!
  • Stephanie Cerce passed her General Exam! 
  • Natasha Thalla earned her Master's Degree with a thesis entitled: "For all its worth: 'Negative' ritual actions increase monetary valuations of ritual objects"  (co-advised by Michael Gill and Dominic Packer)
  • Nick Ungson earned his Master's Degree with a thesis entitled: "Loyal is as loyal does: The importance of loyalty information during intragroup evaluation" (advised by Dominic Packer)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Person Memory Interest Group meeting, Fall 2014

Cabin at Hueston Woods
Back in October, I attended the annual meeting of the Person Memory Interest Group (PMIG; a pre-conference to the Society of Experimental Social Psychology annual meeting). What a fantastic event, nestled in the beautiful woods of western Ohio, attended by many of the great scholars of social psychology as well as up-and-coming stars. Many thanks are due to organizers Jackie Chen, David Hamilton, and Steve Stroessner! Evenings and beyond were spent in a cabin in the woods, socializing and enjoying informal conversations about everything (including our shared interests in what science can tell us about how people make sense of each other's behavior and personalities).

Over the course of two days, we were treated to at least a dozen excellent talks. I presented some of my most recent work in a talk entitled, Cooling Down Blame: Historicist Narratives and the Tempering of Blame for Intentional Harms. Although there were many highlights of the conference, one that stands out was Trish Devine's talk following reciept of the Tom Ostrom Award (named for her former graduate school advisor). I also forged some new and exciting connections with potential research collaborators. I'll be looking forward to the next PMIG meeting!