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Matt Motyl

  • Doctoral Student
  • University of Virginia
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About

I'm a second year graduate student working on my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Virginia. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Women's Studies from Allegheny College in 2006 and my Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2009 where I worked with Dr. Tom Pyszczynski (co-developer of terror management theory). While there, I studied the existential factors that motivate people to engage in, or endorse, violent (especially terrorist and extreme counterterrorist) acts toward people belonging to threatening groups. Now, I have begun working with my new advisors Dr. Jonathan Haidt (author of the Happiness Hypothesis, moral & political psychology) and Dr. Brian Nosek (Implicit Social Cognition, Project Implicit). Jon Haidt and I have been developing a website that we hope will serve as a hub for all academic research on matters relevant to improving political discussions in the United States (see CivilPolitics.org). Generally, I am interested in the basic social cognitive processes and complex existential motivations underlying group conflict.

Recent publications

  • Political exclusion and discrimination in social psychology: Lived experiences and solutions

    • Stevens S
    • Jussim L
    • Anglin S
    • et al.
    N/AReaders
    2Citations
  • The state of social and personality science: Rotten to the core, not so bad, getting better, or getting worse?

    • Motyl M
    • Demos A
    • Carsel T
    • et al.
    N/AReaders
    14Citations

Professional experience

Doctoral Student

University of Virginia

August 2009 - Present

Graduate Student

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

August 2006 - May 2009(3 years)

Student Organizer

Obama for America

August 2007 - November 2008(a year)

Program Evaluation Specialist

Colorado Department of Corrections

April 2007 - September 2007(5 months)

Bonner Leader

AmeriCorps / Bonner Foundation

April 2004 - August 2006(2 years)

Community Liaison and Program Staff

Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program

April 2004 - August 2006(2 years)

Education

Current Ph. D. Student

University of Virginia

August 2009 - Present

MA

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

August 2006 - May 2009(3 years)

B.S; s

Allegheny College

August 2003 - May 2006(3 years)

Co-authors (421)

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