School of Psychology - Directory - People - Professor Matthew Hornsey

Login to the School of Psychology

Professor Matthew Hornsey
  – Professor

Picture of 'Professor Matthew Hornsey'
Professor Matthew Hornsey
462; McElwain Bldg
3365 6378
3365 4466
Postal Address:

School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St Lucia 4072

Username: matthewh
Picture of 'Professor Matthew Hornsey'
Professor Matthew Hornsey

BA, PhD Qld


My primary research interest is in examining intragroup and intergroup relations in the context of identity threat. I examine questions such as: What makes collective apologies succeed and fail? What predicts whether criticisms and recommendations for change are met with open-mindedness as opposed to defensiveness? How do people manage the tension between individual and group will? and What are the benefits and pitfals of assimiltion versus multiculturalism?

Picture of 'Professor Matthew Hornsey'
Professor Matthew Hornsey
Research Activities:

Overall I have over 95 publications. The following are a representative selection:

Representative Publications:

Bastian, B., Jetten, J., Hornsey, M. J., & Leknes, S. (in press). The positive consequences of pain: A biopsychosocial approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Swann, W.B., Buhrmester, M.D., Gomez, A., Jetten, J., Bastian, B., Vázquez, A., Ariyanto, A., Besta,T., Christ, O., Cui, L., Finchilescu,. G., González, R., Goto, N., Hornsey, M., Susianto, H., Sharma, S., & Zhang, A. (in press). What makes a group worth dying for? Identity fusion fosters perception of familial ties, promoting
self-sacrifice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Thai, M., Barlow, F., K., & Hornsey, M. J. (in press). (Deviant) friends with benefits: The impact of group boundary permeability on minority group members’ responses to ethnic deviance. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. J. (2014). Deviance and dissent within groups. Annual Review of Psychology. 65,461–485.

Hornsey, M.J., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2013). We are sorry: Intergroup apologies and their tenuous link with intergroup forgiveness. European Review of Social Psychology, 24, 1-31.

Bain, P. G., Hornsey, M. J., Bongiorno, R., Kashima, Y., & Crimston, D. (2013). Collective futures: How projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 523-539.

Bain, P.G., Hornsey, M. J., Bongiorno, R., & Jeffries, C. (2012). Promoting pro-environmental action in climate change skeptics. Nature Climate Change, 2, 600-603.

Jeffries, C., Hornsey, M. J., Sutton, R., Douglas, K., & Bain, P. (2012). The David vs. Goliath principle: Cultural, ideological and stereotypical underpinnings of the normative protection of low-status groups from criticism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1053-1065.

Bastian, B., Kuppens, P., Hornsey, M. J., Park, J., Koval, P., & Uchida, Y. (2012). Feeling bad about being sad: The role of social expectancies in amplifying negative mood. Emotion, 12, 69-80

Wohl, M. J. A., Hornsey, M. J., & Bennett, S. H. (2012). Why group apologies succeed and fail: Intergroup forgiveness and the role of primary and secondary emotions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 306-322.

Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. J. (Eds.) (2011). Rebels in groups: Dissent, deviance, difference, and defiance. NY: Wiley-Blackwell.

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, 1619-1631.

Morton, T. A., Postmes, T., Haslam, S. A., & Hornsey, M. J. (2009). Theorizing gender in the face of social change: Is there anything essential about essentialism? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 653-664.

Philpot, C., & Hornsey, M. J. (2008). What happens when groups say sorry: The effect of intergroup apologies on their recipients. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 474-487.

 Hornsey, M. J., Grice, T., Jetten, J., Paulsen, N., & Callan, V. (2007). Group directed criticisms and recommendations for change: Why newcomers arouse more resistance than old-timers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1036-1048.

Hornsey, M. J., Jetten, J., McAuliffe, B., & Hogg, M. A. (2006). The impact of individualist and collectivist group norms on evaluations of dissenting group members. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 57-68.

Hornsey, M. J. (2005). Why being right is not enough: Predicting defensiveness in the face of group criticism. European Review of Social Psychology, 16, 301-334.

Hornsey, M. J., & Jetten, J. (2004). The individual within the group: Balancing the need to belong with the need to be different. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8 , 248-264.

Hornsey, M. J., & Imani, A. (2004). Criticizing groups from the inside and the outside: An identity perspective on the intergroup sensitivity effect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 365-383.

Hornsey, M. J., Spears, R., Cremers, I., & Hogg, M. A. (2003). Relations between high and low power groups: The importance of legitimacy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 216-227.

Hornsey, M. J., & Hogg, M. A. (2000). Subgroup relations: A comparison of the mutual intergroup differentiation and common ingroup identity models of prejudice reduction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 242-256.

Hornsey, M. J., & Hogg, M. A. (2000). Assimilation and diversity: An integrative model of subgroup relations. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4, 143-156.

Hornsey, M. J., & Hogg, M. A. (2000). Intergroup similarity and subgroup relations: Some implications for assimilation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 948-958.

Picture of 'Professor Matthew Hornsey'
Professor Matthew Hornsey
Responses to criticism - criticism of Australia and Queensland. Conformity. Multiculturalism. Media bias. Bystander apathy (i.e. why don't people help others in emergency situations?).
Bystander apathy - psychology, Media bias, Pack mentality - social psychology, Group mentality - psychology, Australian culture, Australian society, Conformity - psychology, Criticism - responses to (psychology), Media bias - psychology, Multiculturalism - psychology, Social psychology, Psychology - social, Criticism of Australia - people's response to, Criticism of Queensland - people's response to
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC2040 - Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC2040 - Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC3142 - Intergroup Relations & Group Processes
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC3142 - Intergroup Relations & Group Processes

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Social Psychology

My main research area involves threats to group identity (e.g., threats to national, political or gender identity). Threats may occur from perceptions of discrimination, from acts of criticism, or from the presence of dissenters and impostors within the group. I'm particularly interested in the effect of these threats on how people feel about their own group, about rival groups, and about themselves. I am also interested in the struggle between the will of the individual and the will of the group. How do people change abusive or maladaptive aspects of their group cultures? When do people conform to group pressures and when do they counter-conform? How do people balance their need to belong with thier need to feel different? How do we manage group memberships in an individualistic world?

QR Code for 'Professor Matthew Hornsey'.
View QR Code for this page.
Psychology News, Events & Publications RSS 2.0 Feed School of Psychology on Facebook School of Psychology on Twitter School of Psychology on Google Plus School of Psychology on Linkedin School of Psychology on YouTube
Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Share this page on Google Plus Share this page on Linkedin