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Professor Matthew Hornsey
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Professor Matthew Hornsey
A problem that I have examined throughout my career is: “Why do people resist apparently reasonable messages?” I focus on the psychology of how feelings of mistrust and threat can lead people to reject messages. These insights are then translated into concrete and do-able strategies for overcoming defensiveness. Specific examples include ARC-funded research on (1) what drives defensiveness in the face of group criticism and recommendations for change (2) how people respond to gestures of reconciliation from transgressor groups (particularly apologies), and (3) why people embrace or resist scientific messages about climate change, vaccination, evolution, and so forth.
Room:
462
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6378
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:

School of Psychology
University of Queensland
St Lucia 4072
Australia


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Professor Matthew Hornsey
Qualifications:

BA, PhD Qld

Background:

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?

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Professor Matthew Hornsey
Research Activities:

Overall I have over 120 publications. The following are a representative selection:

Representative Publications:

Hornsey, M. J., & Fielding, K. S. (in press). Attitude roots and jiu jitsu persuasion: Understanding and overcoming the motivated rejection of science. American Psychologist.

Radke, H. R. M., Hornsey, M. J., & Barlow, F. K. (in press). Barriers to women engaging in collective action to overcome sexism. American Psychologist.

Hornsey, M.J., Schumann, K., Bain, P.G., Blumen, S., Chen, S., Gomes, A., Guan, Y., Kashima, E., Lebedeva, N., & Wohl, M.J.A. (in press). Conservatives are more reluctant to give and receive apologies than liberals. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Hornsey, M. J., Harris, E. A., Bain, P. G., & Fielding, K. S. (2016).  Meta-analyses of the determinants and outcomes of belief in climate change. Nature Climate Change, 6, 622-626. 

Crimston, D., Bain, P. G., Hornsey, M. J., & Brock, B. (2016). Moral expansiveness: Examining variability in the extension of the moral world. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 636-653.

Hornsey, M. J., & Fielding, K. S. (2016).  A cautionary note about messages of hope: Focusing on progress in reducing carbon emissions weakens mitigation motivation. Global Environmental Change, 39, 26-34.

La Macchia, S. T., Louis, W. R., Hornsey, M. J., Thai, M., & Barlow, F. K. (2016). The whitewashing effect: Using racial contact to signal trustworthiness and competence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 118-129.

Okimoto, T. G., Wenzel, M., & Hornsey, M. J. (2015). Apologies demanded yet devalued: Normative dilution in the age of apology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 133-136.

Barlow, F. K., Thai, M., Wohl, M.J.A., White, S., Wright, M-A., & Hornsey, M.J. (2015). Perpetrator groups can enhance their moral self-image by accepting their own intergroup apologies. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 39-50.

Hornsey, M. J., Wellauer, R., McIntyre, J. C., & Barlow, F.K. (2015). A critical test of the assumption that men prefer conformist women and women prefer nonconformist men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 755-768.

Wohl, M. J. A., Cohen-Chen, S., Halperin, E., Caouette, J., Hayes, N., & Hornsey, M. J. (2015). Belief in the malleability of groups strengthens the collective apology-forgiveness link. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 714-725.

Hornsey, M.J., Fielding, K.S., McStay, R., Reser, J.P., Bradley, G.L., & Greenaway, K.H. (2015). Evidence for motivated control: Understanding the paradoxical link between threat and efficacy beliefs about climate change. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 42, 57-65.

Greenaway, K.H., Storrs, K.R., Philipp, M.C., Louis, W.R., Hornsey, M.J., & Vohs, K.D. (2015). Loss of control stimulates approach motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 235-241

Knight, C., Tobin, S., & Hornsey, M. J. (2014). From fighting the system to embracing it:  Control loss promotes system justification among those high in psychological reactance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 139-146.

Bastian, B., Jetten, J., Hornsey, M. J., & Leknes, S. (2014). The positive consequences of pain: A biopsychosocial approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 256-279.

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. (2014). What makes a group worth dying for? Identity fusion fosters perception of familial ties, promoting self-sacrifice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 912-926.

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, 5, 360-368.

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.

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Professor Matthew Hornsey
Topics:
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?).
Keywords:
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, 2016
    PSYC2040 - Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC2040 - Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC2040 - Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC3142 - Intergroup Relations & Group Processes
  • 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.

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