I graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in psych & a minor in socio-cultural anthropology, having done my honours thesis on stereotyping and subtyping (with Ken Dion and Kerry Kawakami). I went to McGill and did an MSc with Don Taylor on responses to discrimination and a PhD with him on decision-making in conflict. This was very fun. :) Then I came to UQ in 2001 to work with Debbie Terry on a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Accordingly I discovered Australia, & ended up applying for and getting a continuing job here in 2005. Whoohoo! I received tenure and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, and to Associate Professor in 2013.
There are a series of bios appropriate for talks (i.e., with more bragging!) online here.
Member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP); the Society for Australasian Social Psychology (SASP); and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU).
At UQ, member of the Centre for Research in Social Psychology and of the Network for Environmental Social Psychologists. I also have been a member of the Centre for Research in Group Processes, an associate member of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the psychology delegate to the National Tertiary Education Union.
Intergroup relations and conflict; political decision-making; collective action; power; social psychology of language; and norms, attitudes and behaviour.
Summaries of some of my studies on decision-making, conflict and collective action are on-line here, along with some cool teaching resources.
Many of my papers can be found in UQ E-space (click on recent publications tab at top to access.)
Some recent pubs from 2015-2016:
Eres, R., Louis, W. R., & Molenberghs, P. (2016). Why do people pirate? A neuroimaging investigation, Social Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2016.1179671 . Published online 08 May 2016.
Fielding, K.S., van Kasteren, Y., Louis, W., McKenna, B., Russell, S., & Spinks, A. (2016). Using individual householder survey responses to predict household environmental outcomes: The cases of recycling and water conservation. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 106, 90-97.
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(1), 118-129. doi: 10.1177/0146167215616801
Louis, W. R., Amiot, C. E., Thomas, E. F. & Blackwood, L.M. (2016). The ‘activist identity’ and activism across domains: A multiple identities analysis. Journal of Social Issues, 72 (2), 242-263. doi: 10.1111/josi.12165
Louis, W. R., Bastian, B., McKimmie, B., & Lee, A.J. (2016). Teaching psychology in Australia: Does class attendance matter for performance? Australian Journal of Psychology, 68(1), 47-51. DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12088 .
Louis, W. R., La Macchia, S. T., Amiot, C. E., Thomas, E. F., Blackwood, L. M., Mavor, K. I., & Saeri, A. (2016). Causality in the study of collective action and political behaviour. In F. M. Moghaddam & R. Harré (Eds.), Causes and Consequences: A multidisciplinary exploration. (pp. 277-302). Praeger: Santa Barbara, California.
Molenberghs, P., Gapp, J., Wang, B., Louis, W., & Decety, J. (2016). Increased moral sensitivity and neural response for outgroup perpetrators harming ingroup members. Cerebral Cortex, 26(1),225 – 233. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu195
Cooke, A.N., Fielding, K. S., & Louis, W. R. (2015). Environmentally active people: The role of autonomy, relatedness, competence and self-determined motivation, Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1054262 Published online June 2015.
Eres, R., Decety, J., Louis, W. R., & Molenberghs, P. (2015). Individual differences in local gray matter density are associated with differences in affective and cognitive empathy. Neuroimage, 117, 305-310.
Greenaway, K. H., Louis, W. R., Parker, S. L., Kalokerinos, E. K., Smith, J. R., & Terry, D. J. (2015). Measures of coping for psychological well-being. In Boyle, G. J., Saklofske, D. H., & Matthews, G. (Eds.), Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs (pp. 322-351). Academic Press: USA.
Greenaway, K., 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.009 .
Louis, W. R., Amiot, C. E., & Thomas, E. F. (2015). Collective harmdoing: Developing the perspective of the perpetrator. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 21(3), 306-312.
Molenberghs, P., Ogilvie, C., Louis, W. R., Decety, J., Bagnail, J., & Bain, P. (2015). The neural correlates of justified and unjustified killing: An fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Published online 10 March 2015, doi: 10.1093/scan/nsv027
Saeri, A. K., Iyer, A., & Louis, W. R. (2015). Right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation predict outsiders’ responses to external group conflict: Implications for identification, anger, and collective action. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15(1), 303-332. DOI: 10.1111/asap.12081.
Techakesari, P., Louis, W. R. & Barlow, F. K. (2015). The effect of positive contact on intergroup attitudes may vary depending on genders of the interaction partners: A theoretical framework. Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, 11(1), 16-27.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
For honours, my supervision style is to provide plenty of structure, early deadlines, and clear guidance so that motivated students can put themselves in a position to achieve excellent results. In 2017, I will beseeking students to work with me on projects in peace psychology and political decision-making, health decision-making, and prejudice/intergroup conflict. Students interested in working with me should email me before January 31st.
For PhD students, my supervision style is to have regular meetings, early deadlines, and clear guidance. I like my students to aim to write more, aim at higher level journals, collect more data, go to more conferences and international and national summer schools, learn more about teaching well, take ethics seriously, attend lab group regularly, play a leadership role in their postgrad cohort, and in general attempt to be high achievers. :) I provide lots of support and structure, and my focus is on helping students to achieve jobs as well as pubs & awards.
I am willing to supervise across a wide range of topics. My own research expertise is in the areas of social influence, peace psychology and political decision-making, health decision-making, and prejudice/intergroup conflict. I particularly value 2 kinds of candidates: (1) loves learning; loves ideas; wants to be an academic because of the autonomy & freedom to pursue groovy research; (2) passionate about social justice; smart and self-motivated; wants to pursue research to change to the world (maybe academia, maybe aiming for government or NGOs). If you are interested in a PhD with me, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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