My program of research investigates how individual difference variables influence how we perceive our interaction partners in dyads and groups. Examples include the influence of (1) social anxiety on self-control following stressful interactions, and (2) social identification on the experience of interaction partners from other ethnic groups. I am especially interested in statistical techniques for modeling the non-independence in these interactions. Currently, I am conducting research on strategies to circumvent limited self-control.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Causal Attribution
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Person Perception
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Christensen, P. N., Prislin, R., & Jacobs, E. A. (in press). Motives for social Influence after social change: Are new majorities power hungry? Social Influence.
- Jacobs, E. A., Christensen, P. N., & Prislin, R. (2009). On the fair treatment of factions within a group: Theoretical and empirical development of the fair group procedures scale. Journal of Social Issues, 65.
- Graf, R. G., Yabko, B. A., & Christensen, P. N. (2009). Gender effects in the assessment of technical fouls among high school basketball officials. Journal of Sport Behavior, 32.
- Prislin, R., Levine, J., & Christensen, P. N. (2006). When reasons matter: Attributions for conversion moderate the effect of change within groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 593-601.
- Prislin, R., & Christensen, P. N. (2005). The gain-loss asymmetry model of change in majority-minority positions. European Review of Social Psychology, 16, 43-73.
- Christensen, P. N., Cohan, S., & Stein, M. (2004). The relationship between functioning levels in post-traumatic stress disorder and interpersonal perception: A social relations model analysis. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 33, 151-160.
- Christensen, P. N., Rothgerber, H., Wood, W., & Matz, D. (2004). Social norms and identity relevance: A motivational model of normative behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1295-1309.
- Christensen, P. N., Boldry, J., & Kashy, D. A. (2004). Group-based self-evaluation outside of the laboratory: Effects of global versus situational status. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 985-994.
- Christensen, P. N., Stein, M., & Means-Christensen, A. J. (2003). Social anxiety and interpersonal perception: A social relations model analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 1355-1371.
- Christensen, P. N., & Kashy, D. A. (1998). Perceptions of and by lonely people in initial social interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 322-329.
- Wood, W., Christensen, P. N., Hebl, M., & Rothgerber, H. (1997). Conformity to sex-typed norms, affect, and self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 523-535.
- Wood, W., & Christensen, P. N. (2004). Quantitative research synthesis: Examining study outcomes over settings, samples, and time. In C. Sansone, C. Morf, & A. Panter (Eds.), Handbook of methods in social psychology (pp. 335-356). New York: Sage.
- Christensen, P. N., & Wood, W. (2006). Effects of media violence on viewer's aggression in unconstrained social interaction: An updated meta-analysis. In R. Preiss, M. Allen, B. M. Gayle, & N. Burrell (Eds.), Media effects research: Advances through meta-analysis. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Christensen, P. N. (2007). Social relations model. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Prislin, R., & Christensen, P. N. (2009). On becoming a majority: Former minorities’ reactions to change. In F. Butera & J. Levine (Eds.), Coping with minority status: Responses to exclusion and inclusion. Cambridge University Press.
P. Niels Christensen
Department of Psychology
Radford, VA 24142-4611
- Phone: (540) 831-6643
- Fax: (540) 831-6113