Primary Research Interests

  • The Psychology of Attitudes
  • Social Cognition
  • Self and Identity
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Motivation for Social and Political Action
  • Political Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Law

PEER-REVIEWED Publications

Vitriol, J.A., Appleby, J., & Borgida, E. (in press). Racial bias increases false identification of black faces in simultaneous lineups. Manuscript accepted for publication at Social and Personality Psychological Science.

Marsh, J. K., & Vitriol, J. A. (2018). Explanation hubris and conspiracy theories: A case of the 2016 presidential election. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Federico, C.M., Williams, A., & Vitriol, J.A.. (2018). The role of system identity threat in conspiracy theory endorsement. Manuscript accepted for publication at European Journal of Social Psychology.

Vitriol, J.A., & Marsh, J. (2018). The illusion of explanatory depth and endorsement of conspiratorial beliefs. Manuscript accepted for publication at European Journal of Social Psychology.

Vitriol, J.A., Farhart, C., & Ksiazkiewicz, A. (2018). Implicit candidate traits in the 2016 Presidential Election: Replicating a dual-process model of candidate trait perceptions. Manucript accepted for publication at Electoral Studies.

Khan, D., Reifen Tagar, M., Halperin, E., Bäckström, M., Vitriol, J.A., & Liberman,V. (2018). If they can’t change, why support change? Implicit theories about groups, social dominance orientation and political ideology. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 6(1), 151-173.

Causadias, J.M., Vitriol, J.A., & Atkin, A.L. (2018). Exaggerating the role of culture in the development of minorities: The cultural (mis)attribution bias in developmental psychology in the U.S. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Causadias, J.M., Vitriol, J.A., & Atkin, A.L. (2018). Do we overestimate the role of culture in the behavior of minorities? Evidence of a cultural (mis)attribution bias in psychological research. American Psychologist, 73(3), 243-255.

Ludeke, S.G., Klitgaard, C.N., & Vitriol, J.A. (2018). Comprehensively-measured authoritarianism does predict vote choice: The importance of authoritarianism’s facets, ideological sorting, and the particular candidate. Personality and Individual Differences, 123, 209-216.

Ksiazkiewicz, A., Vitriol, J.A., & Farhart, C. (2018). Implicit candidate trait perceptions in political campaigns. Political Psychology, 39(1), 177-195.

Maki, A., Vitriol, J.A., Dwyer, P., Kim, J., & Snyder, M. (2017). The Helping Orientations Inventory: Measuring propensities to provide autonomy and dependency help. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 677-693.

Borgida, E., Loken, B., Vitriol, J.A., Williams, A., Stepanov, I., & Hatsukami, D. (2015). Assessing constituent levels in smokeless products: A new approach to engaging and educating the public. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 1354–1361.

Chen, P., Appleby, J., Borgida, E., Callaghan, T., Ekstrom, P., Farhart, C., Housholder, E., Kim, H., Ksiazkiewicz, A., Lavine, H., Luttig, M., Mohanty, R., Rosenthal, A., Sheagley, G., Smith, B., Vitriol, J.A., & Williams, A. (2014). The Minnesota multi-investigator 2012 presidential election panel study. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14(1), 78-104.


Manuscripts Invited for Revisions

Causadias, J.M., Vitriol, J.A., & Atkin, A.L. (2018c). Extended data on the Cultural (Mis)Attribution Bias in Developmental Psychology in the United States. Data Brief (X), X-X.

Vitriol, J.A. & Kovera, M.B (R&R). Death qualification may not increase convictions despite pretrial presumption of guilt. Manuscript submitted for publication at Law and Human Behavior.


Manuscripts Under Review

Vitriol, J.A. & Rothman, N.B. (under review). Feeling conflicted but being more aware: Emotional ambivalence buffers against defensive responding to implicit racial bias feedback. Manuscript submitted for publication at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.^

Vitriol, J.A., Moskowitz, G., & Sackett, A (under review). The (In)Egalitarian Self: On the motivated rejection of implicit racial bias feedback. Manuscript submitted for publication at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Vitriol, J.A., Borgida, E., & Lavine, H. (under review). Meta-cognition and resistance to political persuasion: Evidence from a three-wave panel study. Manuscript submitted for publication at Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Vitriol, J.A., Reifen Tagar, M., Federico, C.M., & Sawicki, V. (under review). Ideological uncertainty and investment of the self in politics. Manuscript submitted for publication at Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

^shared first authorship


Manuscripts in Preparation

Vitriol, J.A. & Moskowitz, G. (in between reviews). How to reduce defensive responding to implicit bias feedback: Evidence of an effective intervention.*

Williams, A., Wang, T., Borgida, E., Loken, B., Vitriol, J.A. , Bittner, T., Madzelan, M., Riester, A. Stepanov, I., & Hatsukami, D. (under review). Numeric and graphic formats for presenting constituent information about smokeless tobacco products: A qualitative analysis.*

Appleby, J., Federico, C.M., Vitriol, J.A., & Williams, A. (in between reviews) Infection and ideology: Perceived vulnerability to disease predicts political conservatism.*

Vitriol, J.A., Maki, A., & Snyder, M. (in between reviews). Acting with conviction: On the roles of moral and religious convictions in a same-sex marriage constitutional amendment vote.*

Packer, D.J, Kugler, M.B., & Vitriol, J.A. Effective social institutions reduce strategic intergroup biases.*

Vitriol, J.A. & Ludeke, S.G. Personality and politics: Are representative samples necessary?*

Vitriol, J.A. & Maki, A. Awareness-raising information paradigms for anti-bias interventions can be successful, but may also backfire.

Kidd, W. & Vitriol, J.A. Moral leadership in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

Appleby, J., Vitriol, J.A., & Borgida, E. The role of racial bias for confidence and reaction time for judgment of cross-race faces.

(*copies available upon request)


Research Funds

 

  • Lehigh University, Faculty Research Grant, $6,000 (Fall 2017; competitive inter-departmental award)
    • Project: The First Step is to Admit There’s a Problem: Identifying Factors that Reduce Defensive Dismissal of Implicit Racial Bias Feedback
    • Principal Investigator: Joseph A. Vitriol
    • Co-PIs: Gordon Moskowitz
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Small Research Grant, $1500 (Spring 2017; nationally competitive peer-reviewed grant) 
    • Project: The First Step is to Admit There’s a Problem: Identifying Factors that Reduce Defensive Dismissal of Implicit Racial Bias Feedback
    • Principal Investigator: Joseph A. Vitriol
    • Co-PIs: Gordon Moskowitz, Michael Gill, & Naomi B. Rothman
  • Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, Research Grant-in-Aid (nationally competitive peer-reviewed Grant)
    • Project: The First Step is to Admit There’s a Problem: Identifying Factors that Reduce Defensive Dismissal of Implicit Racial Bias Feedback (Fall, 2017: $2,000)
      • Principal Investigator: Joseph A. Vitriol
      • Co-PIs: Gordon Moskowitz, Michael Gill, & Naomi B. Rothman
    • Project: Implicit Bias and Cross-Race Face Recognition (Fall, 2017: $2,000)
      • Principal Investigator: Joseph A. Vitriol
      • Co-PI: Eugene Borgida
      • * $1000 was provided by the James Butcher Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities.
  • Lehigh University, Mountaintop Research Experience Grant, $10,200 (Summer 2017; competitive inter-departmental award)
    • Project: Fake News: Engaging People with Online News Information of Limited Credibility
    • Principal Investigators: Joseph A. Vitriol, Nancy Carlisle, Haiyan Jia
    • Co-PIs: Dominic Packer, & Gordon Moskowitz
  • Lehigh University, Collaborative Research Opportunity Grant, $59,174 (Fall 2017-Spring 2018; competitive inter-departmental award)
    • Project: Democratic Policing: Bias Reduction and Police-Public Interactions
    • Principal Investigator: Holona Ochs           
    • Co-PIs: Anthony DiMaggio, Lori Friedman, Scott Hoke, Dominic Packer, & Gordon Moskowitz
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Center for Study of Political Psychology Dissertation Research Grant, $3,000 (Spring 2015-Fall 2016; Spring 2016)
    • Project: The (In)egalitarian Self: On the Motivated Rejection of Alleged Implicit Bias
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Psychology Research Grant, $600
    • Project: The (In)egalitarian Self: On the Motivated Rejection of Alleged Implicit Bias (Spring 2015)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Graduate Summer Research Grant, $800
    • Project: The (In)egalitarian Self: On the Motivated Rejection of Alleged Implicit Bias (Spring 2015)
    • Project: Resistance to Persuasive Political Communication (Summer 2012)
      • Co-PI: Eugene Borgida
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Center for Study of Political Psychology Research Grant, $2,100
    • Project: Moral Foundations and Criminal Justice Reform (Fall 2015)
      • Co-PI Marissa Theyes
    • Project: Moral Leadership and Political Choice (Fall 2015)
      • Co-PI: William Kidd
    • Project: Epistemic Threat and Belief Structure (Spring 2012)
      • Co-PI: Christopher Federico & Michal Reifen Tagar
    • Project: Conspiracy Ideation (Fall 2011)
      • Co-PI: Christopher Federico & Allison Williams
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Graduate Research Partnership Program Grant, $550 (Summer 2014)
    • Project: Hierarchy Legitimizing Myths: On the Role of Motivation and Belief in the Prospect of Change
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, BA/MA Research Award, $4,000 (Fall 2008; intra-departmental award)

Invited ArtICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Vitriol, J.A., & Mandelbaum, J. (2009). Research on eyewitness evidence, APS Undergraduate Update, 3(1).

Vitriol, J.A. (2008). The reality of forensic psychology. APS Observer, 21(3),37-39.


Technical Reports

Packer, D.J. & Vitriol, J.A. (2018). The science of group membership. Technical on the Science of Intergroup and Intragroup Phenomena prepared for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine and the Office of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.