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James Wirth

James Wirth

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I investigate group processes, especially those associated with being ostracized (excluded and ignored). I study the extent of ostracism’s impact on social pain, fundamental needs, affect, and aggression. I examine whether individual differences and situational factors can moderate ostracism’s immediate and delayed effects. I also investigate why individuals are ostracized. Using a variety of manipulations, I have found that the likelihood an individual will be ostracized increases as the individual is perceived as more burdensome to the group. In this work, I incorporate intergroup relations, non-verbal communication, and psychopathology.

Primary Interests:

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

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Other Publications:

  • Bernstein, M. J., & Wirth, J. H. (in press). Inferential statistics: Truth finding tools. In E. V. Clemens, G. A. Nurse, & J. A. Benfield (Eds.), Designing and conducting research in psychology. National Social Science Press.
  • Williams, K. D., & Wirth, J. H. (2010). Social compensation. In J. M. Levine & M. A. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (Vol. 2, pp. 766-768). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Williams, K. D., & Wirth, J. H. (2007). Stealing thunder. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 938-939). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • 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

James Wirth
Department of Psychology
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Building 51
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
United States

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