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Matt Newman

Matt Newman

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I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. For those of you keeping score at home, I received my Ph.D. in 2003 in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where I also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Neuroscience.

In my research, I study the consequences of social stress, and the factors moderating how people respond to stress. The social environment can be a source of support, or of never-ending stress. Depending on when and to whom it happens, the same stressor might trigger anger, withdrawal, or determination. What makes two individuals experience the same environment in dramatically different ways? How can the same stressor elicit such a wide range of responses?

My background in both social psychology and neuroscience has led me to examine these questions from the perspective of interactions between biology and social situations. For example, one line of research has studied the way that individual differences in testosterone affect people's responses to threats and challenges. A second line of research has examined the consequences of victimization during different phases of puberty.

For more information about me and my research, check out my web page:

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Delville, Y., & Newman, M. L., Wommack, J. C., Taravosh-Lahn, K., & Cervantes, M. C. (in press). Development of aggression. In R. Nelson (Ed.), Biology of aggression (Ch. 7). London: Oxford University Press.
  • Newman, M. L. (2002). Intelligence. In Psychology, Vol. 5: Social psychology (pp. 118-141). Grolier Publishing.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychological Research on Sex and Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Social Support and Social Isolation
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination

Matt Newman
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Arizona State University, West Campus
4701 West Thunderbird Road (MC 3051)
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
United States

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