LINDA J. SKITKA is a professor and the associate chair of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests bridge a number of areas of inquiry including social, political, and moral psychology. Her more than 75 academic publications cover topics such as the psychological foundations and consequences of moral conviction, how attitudes rooted in moral convictions differ in consequence and kind from otherwise strong but non-moral attitudes, the psychological underpinnings of the left-right political divide, political intolerance, reactions to terrorism, how people reason about justice, and automation bias. Dr. Skitka’s research has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Dr. Skitka is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, an advisory editor for Psychological Science, and a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Political Psychology, Social Justice Research, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. She was the Chairperson of the Consortium for Social Psychological and Personality Science, a joint venture of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Association for Research in Personality, the European Society for Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, created to launch the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, now the major short reports journal for social and personality psychology. In addition to these current service activities, she is the past president of the International Society for Justice Research, executive committee member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, associate editor for the Journal for Experimental Social Psychology and Social Justice Research, National Science Foundation review panel member, and Committee of Visitors for the National Science Foundation member.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Causal Attribution
- Ethics and Morality
- Political Psychology
- Aramovich, N. P., Lytle, B. L., & Skitka, L. J. (2012). Opposing torture: Moral conviction and resistance to majority influence. Social Influence, 7, 21-34.
- Morgan, G. S., Wisneski, D. C., & Skitka, L. J. (2011). The expulsion from Disneyland: The social psychological impact of 9/11. American Psychologist, 66, 447-454.
- Skitka, L. J., & Wisneski, D. C. (2011). Moral conviction and emotion. Emotion Review, 3, 328-330.
- Morgan, G. S., Mullen, E., & Skitka, L. J. (2010). When values and attributions collide: Liberals' and conservatives' values motivate attributions for alleged misdeeds. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1241-1254.
- Skitka, L. J. (2010). The psychology of moral conviction. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 267-281.
- Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Lytle, B. L. (2009). Limits on legitimacy: Moral and religious convictions as constraints on deference to authority. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 567-578.
- Wisneski, D. C., Lytle, B. L., & Skitka, L. J. (2009). Gut reactions: Moral conviction, religiosity, and trust in authority. Psychological Science, 20, 1059-1063.
- Skitka, L. J. (2009). Exploring the “lost and found” of justice theory and research. Social Justice Research, 22, 98-116.
- Skitka, L. J., & Mullen, E. (2008). Moral convictions often override concerns about procedural fairness: A reply to Napier and Tyler. Social Justice Research, 21 529-546.
- Skitka, L. J., & Bauman, C. W. (2008). Moral conviction and political engagement. Political Psychology, 29, 29-54.
- Mullen, E., & Skitka, L. J. (2006). Exploring the psychological underpinnings of the moral mandate effect: Motivated reasoning, group differentiation, or anger? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 629-643.
- Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Sargis, E. G. (2005). Moral conviction: Another contributor to attitude strength or something more? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 895-917.
- Skitka, L. J., Mullen, E., Griffin, T., Hutchinson, S., & Chamberlin, B. (2002). Dispositions, scripts, or motivated correction? Understanding ideological differences in explanations for social problems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 470-487.
- Bauman, C. W., & Skitka, L. J. (2009). In the mind of the perceiver: Psychological implications of moral conviction. In D. Bartels, C. W. Bauman, L. J. Skitka, & D. Medin (Eds.), Moral judgment and decision making. Psychology of learning and motivation (Vol. 50, pp. 341-364). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Mullen, E. (2008). Morality and justice: An expanded theoretical perspective and review. In K. A. Hedgvedt & J. Clay-Warner (Eds.), Advances in group processes (Vol. 25, pp. 1-27). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Skitka, L. J., & Morgan, G. S. (2009). The double-edged sword of a moral state of mind. In D. Narvaez & D. K. Lapsley (Eds.), Moral self, identity, and character: Prospects for new field of study (pp. 355-374). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Lytle, B. L. (2008). Morality as a foundation of leadership and a constraint on deference to authority. In D. Forsyth & C. Hoyt (Eds.), Social psychology and leadership (pp. 300-315). Westport, CN: Praeger Press.
- Skitka, L. J., Aramovich, N., Lytle, B. L., & Sargis, E. (2009). Knitting together an elephant: An integrative approach to understanding the psychology of justice reasoning. In D. R. Bobocel, A. C. Kay, M. P. Zanna, & J. M. Olson (Eds.), The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario symposium, Vol. 11 (pp. 1-26). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
- Sargis, E. G., Skitka, L. J., & McKeever, W. (in press). The Internet as psychological laboratory revisited: Best practices, challenges, and solutions. In Y. Amichai-Hamburger (Ed.), The social net: The social psychology of the Internet. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Skitka, L. J. & Wisneski, D. (in press). Justice theory and research: A social functionalist perspective. In J. Suls & H. Tennen (Eds.), The Handbook of Psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Advanced Statistics
- Computing in Psychology
- Psychological Perspectives on Justice
- Research Design and Analysis I (Advanced ANOVA)
- Research Design and Analysis II (Multivariate Statistics)
- Social Psychological Research Methods
- Social Psychology
Linda J. Skitka
Department of Psychology (M/C 285)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7137
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