Social Psychology; Advanced Social Psychology; Political Psychology Seminar; Teaching of Psychology Seminar
At a practical level, our lab is divided into two (often overlapping) lab groups: The Cognitive Complexity lab and the Culture lab. The Cognitive Complexity lab focuses on whether beliefs have a simple or complex structure. The Culture lab focuses on the often-shared nature of beliefs.
Field of Study
Political Psychology; Peace Psychology; Social Psychology; Cultural Psychology
Conway, L. G. III, Chan, L., Woodard, S. R., & Joshanloo, M. (in press). Proximal versus distal ecological stress: Socio-ecological influences on political freedom, well-being, and societal and business confidence in 159 Nations. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, XX, XX-XX.
Houck, S. C., Conway, L.G., III, & Zubrod, A. (in press). Automated language analysis: Integrative complexity. In R. Boyd & M. Dehghani (Eds.), The Atlas of Language Analysis in Psychology. New York: Guilford Press.
Woodard, S. R., Chan, L., & Conway, L. G., III (in press). In search of the cognitively complex person: To what degree is cognitive complexity a generalized individual difference variable? Personality and Social Psychology Review, XX, XX-XX.
Conway, L. G, III, Houck, S. C., Chan, L., Repke, M. A., & McFarland, J. (2021). The agreement paradox: How pressures for agreement can ultimately divide us. In J.-W. van Prooijen (Ed.), Current Issues in Social Psychology: Political Polarization (pp. 112-126). New York: Routledge.
Conway, L. G., III, Conway, K. R., & Houck, S. C. (2020). Validating Automated Integrative Complexity: Natural language processing and the Donald Trump test. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 8, 504-524.
Zubrod, A., Conway, L. G., III, Conway, K. R., & Ailanjian, D. (2020). Understanding the role of linguistic complexity in famous trial outcomes. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, XX, XX-XX.
Chan, L., Zubrod, A., Woodard, S. R., & Conway, L. G., III. (2020). Identity leadership is manifested via integrative complexity: Comment on Haslam et al. 2019. American Psychologist, 75, 403–405.
Conway, L.G. III, Zubrod, A., Chan, L. (2020). The paradox of tribal equalitarianism. Psychological Inquiry, 31, 48-52.
Tweed, R. G., Mah, E. Y., & Conway, L. G., III. (2020). Bringing coherence to positive psychology: Faith in humanity. The Journal of Positive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2020.1725605
Berry, M. S., Repke, M., & Conway, L. (2019). Visual exposure to natural environments decreases delay discounting of improved air quality. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 308-315.
Conway, L. G., III, Chan, L., & Woodard, S. R. (2019). Socio-ecological influences on political ideology. Current Opinion in Psychology, 32, 76-80.
Conway, L. G., III, & McFarland, J. D. (2019). Do Right-Wing and Left-Wing Authoritarianism predict election outcomes?: Support for Obama and Trump across two United States presidential elections. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 84-87.
Conway, L. G., III, & Repke, M. A. (2019). The psychological contamination of pro-environmental consensus: Political pressure for environmental belief agreement undermines its long-term power. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 62, 12-21.
Conway, L. G., III, & Woodard, S. R. (2019). Integrative complexity across domains and across time: Evidence from political and health domains. Personality and Individual Differences. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.109713
Houck, S. C., & Conway, L. G. III. (2019). Strategic communication and the integrative complexity-ideology relationship: Meta-analytic findings reveal differences between public politicians and private citizens in their use of simple rhetoric. Political Psychology. DOI:10.1111/pops.12583
Houck, S. C., McFarland, J., VanderDrift, L. E., & Conway, L. G. III. (2019). When beliefs lead to (im)moral action: How believing in torture’s effectiveness shapes the endorsement of its use. Political Psychology. DOI:10.1111/pops.12590
Van de Vliert, E., & Conway, L. G. III. (2019). Northerners and Southerners differ in conflict culture. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 12(3), 256-277.
Chan, L., & Conway, L. G., III. (2018). Autocratic government moderates the relationship between culture and legal restriction. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49, 1457–1463. DOI: 10.1177/0022022118793538
Conway, L. G., III, Houck, S. C., Gornick, L. J., Repke, M. R. (2018). Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left-Wing Authoritarianism in the United States. Political Psychology, 39, 1049-1067. [Featured in a virtual issue of Political Psychology containing Most-Cited Papers from 2016-2018: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9221.top-cited-vi; also awarded Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles 2017-2018 by Wiley for Political Psychology].
Chan, L., McFarland, J. D., & Conway, L. G., III. (2018). Political contamination of social psychology: A review of Crawford and Jussim’s (2017) edited book ‘The politics of social psychology.’ Social Justice Research. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s11211-018-0312-y
Conway, L. G., III, Suedfeld, P., & Tetlock, P. E. (2018). Integrative complexity in politics. In A. Mintz (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Political Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190634131.013.7
Houck, S. C., Conway, L. G. III, Parrow, K., & Luce, A., & Salvati, J. (2018). An integrative complexity analysis of religious and irreligious thinking. Sage Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018796302
McCullough, H., & Conway, L. G., III. (2018a). The cognitive complexity of Miss Piggy and Osama Bin Laden: Examining linguistic differences between fiction and reality. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 7, 518-532. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000150
McCullough, H., & Conway, L. G., III. (2018b). “And the Oscar goes to…”: Integrative complexity’s predictive power in the film industry. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 12, 392-398. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aca0000149.
Repke, M. A., Berry, M. S., Conway, L. G., III, Metcalf, A., Hensen, R. M., & Phelan, C. (2018). How does nature exposure make people healthier?: Evidence for the role of impulsivity and expanded space perception. PLoS ONE, 13:e0202246. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202246
Conway, L. G., III, Bongard, K., Plaut, V. C., Gornick,L. J., Dodds, D., Giresi, T., Tweed, R. G., Repke, M. A., & Houck, S. C. (2017). Ecological origins of freedom: Pathogens, heat stress, and frontier topography predict more vertical but less horizontal governmental restriction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1378-1398. DOI: 10.1177/0146167217713192
Conway, L. G., III, Boyd, R. L., Dennehy, T. C., Mills, D. J., & Repke, M. A. (2017). Political behavior inside and outside the lab: Bringing political research to the real world. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3, 227-230.
Conway, L. G. III, Harris, K. J., Catley, D., Gornick, L. J., Conway, K. R., Repke, M. A., Houck, C. (2017). Cognitive complexity of clients and counselors during motivation-based treatment for smoking cessation: An observational study on occasional smokers in a U.S. college sample. BMJ Open, 0 :e015849. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015849
Conway, L. G., III, Repke, M. A., & Houck, S. C. (2017). Donald Trump as a cultural revolt against perceived communication restriction: Priming political correctness norms causes more Trump support. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5, 244-259.
Houck, S. C., Repke, M. A., & Conway, L. G., III. (2017). Understanding what makes terrorist groups’ propaganda effective: An integrative complexity analysis of ISIL and Al Qaeda. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 12, 105-118. DOI:10.1080/18335330.2017.1351032
Repke, M. A., Conway, L. G., III, & Houck, S. C. (2017). The strategic manipulation of linguistic complexity: A test of two models of lying. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X17706943
Tweed, R. G., Mah, E., Dobrin, M., Van Poele, R., & Conway, L. G., III. (2017). Can positive psychology influence public policy and practice? In C. Proctor (Ed.), Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice (pp. 257-271). New York: Springer.
Conway, L. G., Gornick, L. J., Houck, S. C., Anderson, C., Stockert, J., Sessoms, D. and McCue, K. (2016). Are conservatives really more simple-minded than liberals? The domain specificity of complex thinking. Political Psychology, 37, 777-798. doi: 10.1111/pops.12304