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:
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Communication, Language
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Gender Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Brown, R. P., Charnsangavej, T., Keough, K. A., Newman, M. L., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2000). Putting the “affirm” into affirmative action: Preferential selection and academic performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 736-747.
- Campbell, R. S., Gibbs, B. N., Guinn, J. S., Josephs, R. A., Newman, M. L., Rentfrow, P. J., & Stone, L. D. (2002). A biased view of liberal bias: Comment on Redding. American Psychologist, 57, 297-298.
- Josephs, R. A., Newman, M. L., Brown, R. P., & Beer, J. M. (2003). Status, testosterone, and human intellectual performance: Stereotype threat as status concern. Psychological Science, 14, 158-163.
- Josephs, R. A., Sellers, J. G., Newman, M. L., & Mehta, P. H. (2006). The mismatch effect: When testosterone and status are at odds. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90(6), 999-1013.
- Newman, M. L., Holden, G. W., & Delville, Y. (2005). Isolation and the stress of being bullied. Journal of Adolescence, 28, 343-357.
- Newman, M. L., Pennebaker, J. W., Berry, D. S., & Richards, J. M. (2003). Lying words: Predicting deception from linguistic styles. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 665-675.
- Newman, M. L., Sellers, J. G., & Josephs, R. A. (2005). Testosterone, cognition, and social status. Hormones and Behavior, 47, 205-211.
- Seyle, D. C., & Newman, M. L. (2006). A house divided? The psychology of red and blue America. American Psychologist, 61, 571-580.
- 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.
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Psychological Research on Sex and Gender
- Research Methods
- Social Support and Social Isolation
- Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Arizona State University, West Campus
4701 West Thunderbird Road (MC 3051)
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
- Phone: (602) 543-8226
- Skype Name: mattlnewman