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James Wirth

James Wirth

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I investigate group processes, especially the antecedents and aftermath of ostracism (being excluded and ignored). In my first line of research, I study the extent of ostracism’s aftermath on social pain, psychological needs, affect, and aggression. I also investigate whether individual differences and situational factors moderate ostracism’s immediate and delayed effects. In my second line of research, I investigate the antecedents to ostracism. Why are individuals ostracized? Using several manipulations, I found individuals are likely to be ostracized if they are perceived as burdensome to the group. In both lines of research, I extend my work to include intergroup relations, non-verbal communication, and individual differences.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Other Publications:

  • Wirth, J. H., Feldberg, F., Schouten, A., van den Hoof, B., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Using virtual game environments to study group behavior. In A. B. Hollingshead & M. S. Poole (Eds.), Research methods for studying groups and teams: A guide to approaches, tools, and technologies (pp. 173-198). New York: Routledge.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice

James Wirth
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
United States

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