Social Psychology Research

The Social Psychology concentration emphasizes research training above all other goals.

Our award-winning faculty and graduate students conduct both basic and applied empirical research with a variety of populations, including college students, community adults, schoolchildren and medical patients.

Researchers in the program use a range of technologies, including fMRI, EEG/ERP and eye-tracking, along with computer-based and smartphone-based methods. Topics addressed include:

  • The influence of emotions on self-judgments
  • The role of mindfulness in psychological and social well-being
  • How implicit attitudes affect decision-making
  • Alcohol use and aggression
  • Close relationship processes

VCU is a highly collaborative environment, and students have abundant opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty in the other psychology programs, as well as with:

Whether a social program student is interested in social or emotional development, social health phenomena, genetics, or brain science, there are potential collaborative relationships waiting to happen.