Primary Research Interests

  • Self and Identity

  • The Psychology of Attitudes

  • Social Cognition

  • Stereotyping and Prejudice

  • Bias Education & Training

  • Motivation for Social and Political Action

  • Political Psychology

  • Social Psychology and Law

Data files and syntax, pre-registration, and experimental materials are, when available, accessible at my OSF webpage—>

Below, direct links to these materials and PDFs for specific papers are also available.


PEER-REVIEWED Publications

Vitriol, J.A., Larsen, E.G., & Ludeke, S.G. (in press). The generalizability of personality effects in politics. European Journal of Personality.

Vitriol, J.A., Reifen Tagar, M., Federico, C.M., & Sawicki, V. (2019). Ideological uncertainty and investment of the self in politics. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 82, 85-97.

Vitriol, J.A., Appleby, J., & Borgida, E. (2019). Racial bias increases false identification of black faces in simultaneous lineups. Social and Personality Psychological Science, 10(6), 722-734.

Vitriol, J.A. & Kovera, M.B (2018). Death qualification may not increase convictions despite pretrial presumption of guilt. Law and Human Behavior, 42(5), 472-483.

Federico, C.M., Williams, A., & Vitriol, J.A.. (2018). The role of system identity threat in conspiracy theory endorsement. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48(7), 927-938.

Vitriol, J.A., & Marsh, J. (2018). The illusion of explanatory depth and endorsement of conspiratorial beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48(7), 955-969.

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. Electoral Studies, 54, 261-268.

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, 59, 65-74.

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. (2017). 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


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 Experimental Social Psychology ^

Vitriol, J.A. & Moskowitz, G. (under review). How to reduce defensive responding to implicit bias feedback: Evidence of an effective intervention. Invited submission at Nature Communications.

Vitriol, J.A. & Moskowitz, G. (under review). The (in)egalitarian self: On the motivated rejection of implicit racial bias feedback. Invited submission at Nature Communications.

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 Social Influence

Kidd, W. & Vitriol, J.A. (under review). Moral leadership in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Manuscript submitted for publication at American Journal of Political Science.

^shared first authorship


Manuscripts in Preparation

Larsen, E.G., Vitriol, J.A., & Ludeke, S.G. Just as WEIRD? Personality traits and political attitudes among immigrant minorities. *

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

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

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

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

Vitriol, J.A., & Banaji, M.B. Learning about bias.

Magerman, A., Splan, E.D., Forbes, C., & Vitriol, J.A. How perceptions of group boundaries influence women’s interactions with their group and the domains in which they are devalued.

Vitriol, J.A., & Causadias, J. Essentializing race and implicit attributions about the role of culture in human psychology.

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

Vitriol, J.A., Calanchini, J. & O’Shea B.. QUAD parameters and defensive responding to bias feedback.

Vitriol, J.A., Gill, M. Historicism and self-blame for implicit bias.

Farhart, C, Ksiazkiewicz, A., & Vitriol, J.A. Intra-party primary competition and implicit candidate trait evaluation.

Zestcott, C. & Vitriol, J.A. Embodied cognition and perceived importance of electoral participation.

Sawicki, V. & Vitriol, J.A. Uncertainty and ideological affiliation.

Rothman, N.B, Vitriol, J.A., & Sanchez-Burke, J. Emotional ambivalence and defensive reaction to creative feedback.

Joyal-Desmarais, K., Euh, H., Bai, H., Fleck, C., Johnson, W., Vitriol, J.A., Maki, A., Snyder, M. Why do some individuals oppose helping others? Exploring the underlying structure of anti-helping reasons.

(*copies available upon request)


Research Funds

Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Small Research Grant, $1500 (Spring 2017; nationally competitive peer-reviewed grant)

Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, Research Grant-in-Aid (nationally competitive peer-reviewed Grant), $4,000

Faculty Research Grant, Lehigh University, $6,000 (Fall 2017; competitive inter-departmental award)

Mountaintop Research Experience Grant, Lehigh University, $10,200 (Summer 2017; competitive inter-departmental award)

Collaborative Research Opportunity Grant, Lehigh University, $59,174 (Fall 2017-Spring 2018; competitive inter-departmental award)

Center for Study of Political Psychology Dissertation Research Grant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, $3,000 (Spring 2015; Fall 2016; Spring 2016)

Department of Psychology Research Grant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, $600 (Spring 2015)

Graduate Summer Research Grant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities $800

Center for Study of Political Psychology Research Grant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, $2,100

Graduate Research Partnership Program Grant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, $550 (Summer 2014)


Awards & Fellowships

Harvard University Bok Center Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Award (2017-2018; competitive international award across the behavioral sciences)

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 (Fall 2016-Spring 2017; competitive inter-departmental award), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities *awarded but declined to accept postdoctoral position.

Department of Psychology Travel Grant for the Psychology of Attitudes in Cologne, Germany, $600 (Spring 2016), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Center for Study of Political Psychology Travel Grant to present a paper at the meeting of the Psychology of Attitudes, Cologne, Germany, $1300 (Spring 2016), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Center for the Study of Political Psychology, Administrative Fellow (Fall 2015- Spring 2016), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, $4,000 (Summer 2015), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

David Campbell Graduate Research Fellowship, $2,000 (Summer 2014), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Center for Study of Political Psychology Travel Grant to present a paper at the meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Rome, Italy, $1000 (Summer 2014), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, $4,000 (Summer 2014), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Eva O. Miller Fellowship, $22,000 (Fall 2012-Spring 2013; competitive inter-departmental award), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Council of Graduate Student Research and Travel Award to present a paper at the meetings of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC, $500 (Summer 2012), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, $4,000 (Summer 2012), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Political Psychology Ph.D. Minor award to attend the Summer Institute in Political Psychology at Stanford University, $4000 (Spring 2011), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities'

Graduate School Block Grant Fellowship $9,100 (Fall 2010-Spring 2011), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, BA/MA Research Award, $4,000 (Fall 2008; intra departmental award)

BA/MA Tuition Scholarship, Fall 2007-Spring 2009, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Undergraduate Dean’s List Honors, Fall 2007-Spring 2009, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Graduate Dean’s List Honors, Fall 2007-Spring 2009, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Research Award for outstanding contribution to research (spring 2007), West Chester University of PA

Dean’s List Honors, Fall 2006- Spring 2007, West Chester University of PA


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 Report 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.


CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

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.