Michael Parker
Associate Professor, Psychology
School of Human Behavior
MRC 540


My primary research interests lie at the intersection of moral judgment and social identity. Specifically, I focus on how group identities are formed based on moral judgments, and additionally how these identities enable perceptions of threat, outgroup essentialism, and derogation. I also have conducted research on the factors that influence stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination based on racial and ethnic identity. Understanding cognitive and motivational factors that increase bias as well as testing interventions that decrease bias are key goals of this work.

My secondary interests relate to quantitative methodology and data analysis in psychological research. Recently many psychologists have questioned the replicability of psychological research. I believe better practices in the way we analyze our data can improve the reputation of psychology through ensuring we make proper conclusions based on our data. In this area of scholarship, I advocate against the use of statistical tests which are unnecessary or which inhibit the advancement of social psychological theory (i.e., variable centering in OLS regression, mediated moderation tests).

Publications, Presentations, and Performances
  • Steele, R. R., Parker, M.T., & Lickel, B. (2015). Bias within because of threat from outside: The effects of an external call for terrorism on anti-Muslim attitudes in the United States. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 193-200.
  • Yogeeswaran, K., Adelman, L., Parker, M.T., & Dasgupta, N. (2014). In the eyes of the beholder: White Americans' national identification predicts differential reactions to ethnic identity expressions. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20, 362-369.
  • Parker, M. T., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2013). Lessons from morality-based social identity: The power of outgroup "hate," not just ingroup "love." Social Justice Research, 26, 81-96.
  • Janoff-Bulman, & Parker, M.T. (2012). Moral bases of public distrust: Politics, partisanship, and compromise. In R. Kramer & T. Pittinsky (Eds.), Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers: NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Yogeeswaran, K., Dasgupta, N., Adelman, L., Eccleston, A., & Parker, M.T. (2011). To be or not to be (ethnic): Public vs. private expressions of ethnic identification differentially impact national inclusion of White and non-White ethnic groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 908-914.
  • Parker, M.T., & Isbell, L. M. (2010). How I vote depends on how I feel: The differential impact of anger and fear on political information processing. Psychological Science, 21, 548-550.
  • Preiss, R.W., Cortez, D., Parker, M.T., & Gayle, B.M. (2014, April). Servant leadership and happiness: Evidence about subjective well-being, optimism, and those who follow servant leaders. Paper presented at "Happiness and the Virtues" Conference sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, La Crosse, WI.
  • Parker, M.T., Totten, A., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2013, January). The moralization of social groups: Consequences for intergroup relations and social identity. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Parker, M.T., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2010, January). The path to outgroup derogation: Outgroup-directed negativity as a function of perceived threat in morality-based groups. Poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.