Current Research

Research in the Identity & Social Relations Lab is aimed at understanding how membership in social groups shapes individuals' perceptions, behavioral choices, and interactions with others. Our work is focused on three integrated areas of research examining (1) how identification with social groups shapes positive and negative reactions to others, (2) how aspects of social identity (e.g., socioeconomic status, gender, and age) moderate psychological experience, and (3) how research on social and group identities can inform interventions that address a range of social problems.

Grants in Progress

BullyBlocker: Identifying Cyberbullying in Social Networking Sites. National Science Foundation. September 2017 – August 2019. Role: Yasin Silva (PI) and Deborah Hall (Co-PI), $299,941. (NSF award abstract)

Recent Publications

Lee, J. C., Hall, D. L., & Wood, W. (2018). Experiential or material purchases?: Social class determines purchase happiness. Psychological Science, 27(7), 1031-1039. (pdf)

Silva, Y., Hall, D., & *Rich, C. (2018) BullyBlocker: Towards an interdisciplinary approach to identify cyberbullying. Social Network Analysis and Mining. (read online)

Hall, D. L., *Porter, E., & *Grove, R. C. (in press). Are Muslim ‘costly signals’ Christian warning signs? In D. J. Sloane (Ed.), Empirical studies in the cognitive science of religion. Bloomsbury Academic.

Hall, D. L., *Gonzales, J. P. (2016). Religious group identity and costly signaling. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 7(3), 246-248.

Burleson, M. H., Hall, D. L., & Gutierres, S. E. (2016). Age moderates contrast effects in women's judgments of facial attractiveness. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 10(3), 179-187. (pdf)

Silva, Y. N., *Rich, C., & Hall, D. (2016). BullyBlocker: Towards the identification of cyberbullying in social networking sites. Extended abstract published in Proceedings of the IEEE / ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 1377-1379.

Hall, D. L., Cohen, A. B., *Meyer, K. K., *Varley, A., & Brewer, G. A. (2015). Costly signaling increases trust, even across religious affiliations. Psychological Science, 26(9), 1368-1376. (pdf)

Hall, D. L., Blanton, H., & Prentice (2015). Being much better and no worse that others: Deviance regulation, self-guides, and the motive to be distinct. Self & Identity, 14(2), 214-232. (pdf)

*Byrd, D. T. L., Hall, D. L., Roberts, N. A., & Soto, J. A. (2015). Do politically non-conservative Whites "bend over backwards" to show preferences for Black politicians? Race and Social Problems, 7(3)227-241. (pdf)

*denotes student author