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Leonard Newman, Ph.D.

Leonard Newman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

515 Huntington Hall


M.A. & Ph.D., New York University, Social-Personality Psychology
B.A., Cornell University, Government

Research and Teaching Interests

How do people resolve the ambivalent feelings they have about members of other groups? What mental maneuvers do people use to shield themselves from threats to their self-concepts? How do people deal with having violated their moral and other behavioral standards? At the broadest level, my research focuses on the motivational aspects of social cognition. More specific interests include attitudinal ambivalence, social stigma, defensive and self-protective processes in judgment and memory, and the social psychology of genocide and mass killing.

Representative Publications

Newman, L. S., & Bakina, D. A. (2009). Do people resist social-psychological perspectives on wrongdoing? Reactions to dispositional,  situational, and interactionist explanations. Social Influence, 4,  256-273.

Newman, L. S., Nibert, J., & Winer, E. S. (2009). Mnemic neglect is  not an artifact of expectancy: The moderating role of defensive  pessimism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 477-486.

Newman, L. S., & Caldwell, T. L. (2005). Allport's "Living Inkblots": The role of defensive projection in stereotyping and prejudice. In J. F. Dovidio, P. Glick, and L. A. Rudman (Eds.). On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty years after Allport (pp. 377-392). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Newman, L. S., Caldwell, T. L., Chamberlin, B., & Griffin, T. (2005). Thought Suppression, Projection, and the Development of Stereotypes. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 259-266.

Ottati, V., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Newman, L. S. (2005). Social Psychological Models of Mental Illness Stigma. In P. W. Corrigan (Ed), On the stigma of mental illness: Practical strategies for research and social
change (pp. 99-128). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

Newman, L. S., & Erber, R. (2002). Understanding Genocide: The social psychology of the Holocaust. New York: Oxford University Press.

Newman, L. S., Duff, K. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (1997). A new look at defensive projection: Thought suppression, accessibility, and biased person perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 980-1001.

Editorial Duties

Editor, Basic and Applied Social Psychology