I graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in psychology and a minor in sociocultural anthropology, having done my honours thesis on stereotyping and subtyping (with Ken Dion and Kerry Kawakami). I went to McGill University and did an MSc with Don Taylor on responses to discrimination and a Ph.D. with him on decision making in conflict.
My current research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision making. I have studied this broad topic in contexts from politics and community activism to financial decision making to health choices.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Allpress, J., Barlow, F. K., Brown, R., & Louis, W. (2010). Atoning for colonial injustices: Group-based shame and guilt motivate support for reparation. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 4(1), 75-88.
- Barlow, F. K., Louis, W. R., & Hewstone, M. (2009). Rejected! Cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety as mediators of the impact of cross-group friendships on prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48(3), 389-405.
- Barlow, F.K., Louis, W.R., and Terry, D.J. (2010). Minority report: Social identity, cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety predicting prejudice from one racially marginalized group towards another. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 805-818.
- Chan, M. K.-H., Louis, W. R., & Hornsey, M. J. (2009). The effects of exclusion and reintegration on the evaluation of deviant opinion holders. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(12), 1619-1631.
- Chan, M. K. H., Louis, W. R., & Jetten, J. (2010). When groups are wrong and deviants are right. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(7), 1103-1109.
- Greenaway, K. H. & Louis, W. R. (2010). Only human: Hostile human norms can reduce legitimisation of intergroup discrimination by perpetrators of historical atrocities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49(4), 765-783.
- Heinke, M. S., & Louis, W. R. (2009). Cultural background and individualist-collectivist values in relation to similarity, perspective taking, and empathy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29(11), 2570-2590.
- Louis, W. R. (2009). Terrorism, identity, and conflict management. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3(4), 433-446.
- Louis, W. R. (2009). Collective action -- and then what? Journal of Social Issues, 65(4), 727-748.
- Louis, W. R., Chan, M. K. H., & Greenbaum, S. (2009). Stress and the theory of planned behavior: Understanding healthy and unhealthy eating intentions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(2), 472-493.
- Louis, W. R., Duck, J.M., Terry, D. J., & Lalonde, R.N. (2010). Speaking out on immigration policy in Australia: Identity threat and the interplay of own opinion and public opinion. Journal of Social Issues, 66(4), 653-672.
- Louis, W. R., Lalonde, R. N., & Esses, V. M. (2010). Bias against foreign-born or foreign-trained doctors: Experimental evidence. Medical Education, 44, 1241-1247.
- Mavor, K. I, Louis, W. R., & Laythe, B. (2011). Religion, prejudice, and authoritarianism: Is RWA a boon or bane to the psychology of religion? Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(1), 22-43.
- Mavor, K. I., Louis, W. R., & Sibley, C. G. (2010). A bias-corrected exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of right-wing authoritarianism: Support for a three-factor structure. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 28-33.
- Mavor, K. I., Macleod, C. J., Boal, M. J., & Louis, W. R. (2009). Right-wing authoritarianism, fundamentalism and prejudice revisited: Removing suppression and statistical artifact. Personality and Individual Differences, 46(5-6), 592-597.
- Nickerson, A. M., & Louis, W. R. (2008). Nationality versus humanity? Personality, identity, and norms in relation to attitudes toward asylum seekers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 796-817.
- Penhaligon, N. P., Louis, W. R., & Restubog, S. L. (2009). Emotional anguish at work: The mediating role of perceived rejection on workgroup mistreatment and affective outcomes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 34-45.
- Smith, J. R., & Louis, W. R. (2009). Group norms and the attitude-behaviour relationship: A role for group identification. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3(1), 19-35.
- Louis, W. R. (2009). If they’re not crazy, then what? The implications of social psychological approaches to terrorism for conflict management. In W. Stritzke, S. Lewandowsky, D. Denemark, F. Morgan, & J. Clare (Eds.), Terrorism and torture: An interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 125-153). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Louis, W. R. (2008). Intergroup positioning and power. In F. M. Moghaddam, R. Harré, and N. Lee (Eds.), Global conflict resolution through positioning analysis (pp. 21-39). New York: Springer.
- Attitudes and Social Cognition
- Intergroup Relations and Group Processes
- Psychological Research Methodology
School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072
- Phone: +61 7 3346 9515
- Fax: +61 7 3365 4466