Allen McConnell

Allen McConnell

University Distinguished Professor
316 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
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Ph.D., Psychology, Indiana University., 1995
B.A., Psychology, Univ. of Cincinnati, 1990

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in social psychology, the self, psychology of conservation, attitudes, judgment and decision making, and intergroup relations at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Research Interests

My research explores (1) how nonconscious and conscious feelings and beliefs affect judgment and behavior, (2) the well-being benefits of socially constructed relationships with family and pets, (3) how people decode others' nonverbal displays, and (4) the psychology of conservation. Over the years, my work has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. In addition to conducting basic research, my expertise in these areas has been applied to consumer behavior, medical behavior, and legal consulting, and my scholarship has been presented in many legal venues, including briefs argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Previously, I’ve held academic positions at Penn State University, Michigan State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California Santa Barbara. My service to the field includes being President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, President of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science, Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Associate Editor of  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, a member of the National Science Foundation social psychology grant panel, and a member of several leading editorial boards.

Professional Recognitions

  • President, Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2018)
  • University Distinguished Professor (2017)
  • President, Midwestern Psychological Association (2016-17)
  • Editor in Chief, Social Psychological and Personality Science (2012-15)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2011-12)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2003-06, 2010)
  • The Inaugural James and Beth Lewis Endowed Professor (2008-14)
  • Professor of the Year in Psychology (2002-04)
  • University Distinguished Scholar (2002)

Representative Publications

  • Lloyd, E. P., Hugenberg, K., McConnell, A. R., Kunstman, J. W., & Deska, J. C. (in press). Black and White lies: Race-based biases in deception detection. Psychological Science.
  • Buchanan, T. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2017). Family as a source of support under stress: Benefits of greater breadth of family inclusion. Self and Identity, 16, 97-122.
  • McConnell, A. R., Lloyd, E. P., & Buchanan, T. M. (2017). Animals as friends: Social psychological implications of human-pet relationships. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.), Psychology of friendship (pp. 157-174). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Brown, C. M., Stoll, H., Bailey, V. S., & McConnell, A. R. (2016). Between two selves: Characteristics of the self-concept predict speed of switching between self-aspects. Self and Identity, 15, 72-89.
  • McConnell, A. R., & Rydell, R. J. (2014). The Systems of Evaluation Model: A dual-systems approach to attitudes. In J. W. Sherman, B. Gawronski, & Y. Trope (Eds.), Dual process theories of the social mind (pp. 204-217). New York: Guilford 
  • Shoda, T. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2013). Interpersonal sensitivity and self-knowledge: Those chronic for trustworthiness are more accurate at detecting it in others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 440-443.
  • McConnell, A. R., Brown, C. M., Shoda, T. M., Stayton, L. E., & Martin, C. E. (2011). Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1239-1252.
  • McConnell, A. R., Dunn, E. W., Austin, S. N., & Rawn, C. D. (2011). Blind spots in the search for happiness: Implicit attitudes and nonverbal leakage predict affective forecasting errors. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 628-634.
  • McConnell, A. R. (2011). The Multiple Self-aspects Framework: Self-concept representation and its implications. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 3-27.