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Social Psychology at NDSU

What is Social Psychology?

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. - Social Psychology Network

Social psychology is closely tied to personality psychology which is the study of how individual differences are associated with thoughts, feelings, and behavior. At NDSU we study topics related to both social and personality psychology. Examples of such topics studied by social psychologists here and in general include:

  • attitudes and attitude-behavior relations
  • self-regulation
  • nostalgia
  • mood and emotion
  • prejudice
  • decision making
  • persuasion
  • friendship
  • helping
  • aggression
  • conformity
  • group interaction 
Graduate Programs

Prospective graduate students interested in social psychology may apply to our Health/Social Psychology Ph.D. program 

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate students interested in social psychology may enroll in our many social psychology related courses and are encouraged to seek research assistantships in our health psychology labs.

  • PSYC 214 - Social Interaction
  • PSYC 216 - Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 221 - Psychology at Work
  • PSYC 280 - Introduction to Health Psychology
  • PSYC 340 - Psychology in Sport
  • PSYC 370 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 453 - Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 468 - Personality
  • PSYC 470 - Experimental Social Psychology
  • PSYC 481 - Health Psychology
Social Psychology Faculty and Research at NDSU


Research interest(s)

Martin Coleman, Ph.D.

Social cognition and emotion

Clayton Hilmert, Ph.D.

Stress, psychophysiology, and health

Verlin B. Hinsz, Ph.D.

Social and organizational psychology, the cognitive psychology of groups

Kevin D. McCaul, Ph.D.

Relationships between cognitions, feelings and self-protective health behaviors

Michael D. Robinson, Ph.D.

Personality, emotion, cognition, self-regulation

Clay Routledge, Ph.D.

Existential motives, the self, nostalgia, psychological health and well-being

Wendy Troop-Gordon, Ph.D.

Peer relationships and developmental psychopathology

Social Psychology Resources

Tell me more about social and personality psychology. - The Society for Personality and Social Psychology

How does a person become a social psychologist? 
- Social Psychology on

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Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8622 / Fax: (701) 231-8426
Campus address: Minard Hall 232 
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2765 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Department Chair: James Council, Ph.D.
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:14:24 AM