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Aarti Iyer

Aarti Iyer

  • SPN Mentor

Around the world, status differences between social groups have been institutionalized to create systems of inequality. My research investigates responses to such status hierarchies from three perspectives: (1) Investigating the antecedents of individuals’ efforts to challenge inequality and injustice, for instance through political activism and support for government policy; (2) Improving organisations’ efforts to achieve social equality through affirmative action and equal opportunity programs; and (3) Understanding how social identity processes shape disadvantaged group members’ efforts to navigate novel social contexts, with implications for acculturation strategies, health and well-being, and social mobility.

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:

  • Bissing-Olson, M. J., Fielding, K. S., & Iyer, A. (2016). Experiences of pride, not guilt, predict pro-environmental behavior when pro-environmental descriptive norms are more positive. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 45, 145-153.
  • 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., & Achia, T. (2020). Mobilized or marginalized? Understanding low-status groups’ responses to social justice efforts led by high-status groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance Online Publication.
  • Iyer, A., Hornsey, M. J., Vanman, E. J., Esposo, S., & Ale, S. (2015). Fight and flight: Evidence of aggressive capitulation in the face of fear messages from terrorists. Political Psychology, 36, 631-648.
  • 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., & 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.
  • Iyer, A., Zhang, A., Jetten, J., Hao, Z., & Cui, L. (2017). The promise of a better group future: Cognitive alternatives increase students’ self-efficacy and academic performance. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 750-765.
  • James, P., Iyer, A., & Webb, T. L. (2019). The impact of post-migration stressors on refugees’ emotional distress and health: A longitudinal analysis. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 1359-1367.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sirois, F. M., & Iyer, A. (2018). “At least David Cameron resigned”: The protective effects of just-world beliefs for counterfactual thinking after Brexit. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 25-30.

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
Cathedral Court, 1 Vicar Lane
Sheffield S1 2LT
United Kingdom

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