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Aarti Iyer

Aarti Iyer

  • SPN Mentor

My research focuses on the following general questions: (1) How do people experience different emotions to inequality and injustice (e.g., sympathy, scorn, or anger), and what are the implications of these emotions for political attitudes? My recent work in this area focuses on reactions to representations of terrorism, as well as reactions to legitimate group-based discrimination. (2) What makes people decide to get involved in different types of political activities (e.g., donating money, protest actions) to advocate different messages (e.g., confront and punish those responsible for harm-doing, or compensate those harmed)? (3) How can organizations implement effective affirmative action and equal opportunity programs to increase diversity? (4) How do changes in people’s group memberships during life transitions (e.g., starting university or a new job) influence their psychological well-being and life choices?

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Crosby, F. J., Iyer, A., Clayton, S., & Downing, R. A. (2003). Affirmative action: Psychological data and policy debates. American Psychologist, 58, 93-115.
  • Iyer, A., & Jetten, J. (2011). What's left behind: Identity continuity moderates the effect of nostalgia on well-being and life choices. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 94-108.
  • Iyer, A., Jetten, J., Tsivrikos, D., Postmes, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2009). The more (and the more compatible) the merrier: Multiple group memberships and identity compatibility as predictors of adjustment after life transitions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 707-733.
  • Iyer, A., & Leach, C. W. (2008). Emotion in inter-group relations. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 86-125.
  • Iyer, A., Leach, C. W., & Crosby, F. J. (2003). White guilt and racial compensation: The benefits and limits of self-focus. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 117-129.
  • Iyer, A., & Oldmeadow, J. (2006). Picture this: Emotional and political responses to photographs of the Kenneth Bigley kidnapping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 635-647.
  • Iyer, A., & Ryan, M. K. (2009). Why do men and women challenge gender discrimination? The role of group status and in-group identification in predicting pathways to collective action. Journal of Social Issues, 65, 791-814.
  • Iyer, A., Schmader, T., & Lickel, B. (2007). Why individuals protest the perceived transgressions of their country: The role of anger, shame, and guilt. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 572-587.
  • Jetten, J., & Iyer, A. (2010). Different meanings of the social dominance orientation concept: Predicting political attitudes over time. British Journal of Social Psychology 49, 385-404.
  • Jetten, J., Iyer, A., Tsivrikos, D., & Young, B. (2008). When is individual mobility costly? The role of economic and social identity factors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 866-879.
  • Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2007). Angry opposition to government redress: When the structurally advantaged perceive themselves as relatively deprived. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 191-204.
  • Leach, C. W., Iyer, A., & Pedersen, A. (2006). Guilt and anger about in-group advantage as explanations of the willingness for political action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1232-1245.

Other Publications:

  • Iyer, A. (2009). Increasing the representation and status of women in employment: The effectiveness of affirmative action. In M. Barreto, M. Ryan, & M. Schmitt (Eds.), The glass ceiling in the 21st century: Understanding barriers to gender equality (pp. 257-280). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Iyer, A., Jetten, J., & Tsivrikos, D. (2008). Torn between identities: Predictors of adjustment to identity change. In F. Sani (Ed.), Self-continuity: Individual and collective perspectives (pp. 187-197). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Iyer, A., & Leach, C. W. (2010). Helping disadvantaged out-groups challenge unjust inequality: The role of group-based emotions. In S. Sturmer & M. Snyder (Eds.), New directions in the psychology of helping: Group-level perspectives on motivations, consequences, and interventions (pp. 337-353). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Courses Taught:

  • Confirmatory Factor Analysis & Structural Equation Modelling
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Social and Organizational Psychology
  • Topics in Applied Psychology

Aarti Iyer
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
309 Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TP
United Kingdom

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