• Elicia C. Lair, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, The University of Mississippi

    About me: After completing my B.A. and M.A. in Psychology at the College of William & Mary, I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2014 (with a concentration in Quantitative Methods).


    My research examines affect and cognitive information processing styles, particularly how these processes interact to influence a variety of judgments, decisions, and behaviors.


    To learn more about my recent research or the Social Cognition Lab please scroll down or use the navigation menu.


    If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in joining my research lab (PSY 405 credits), please see the Get Involved! section for more information.


    If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in becoming a teaching assistant for my PSY 321 class (PSY 401 credits) please fill out the teaching assistantship application and email it to me.


    If you are a prospective graduate student who is interested in applying to our Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program, I am not planning to accept students during the 2016-2017 academic year.


    Undergraduate Courses Taught:

    Social Psychology (PSY 321)

    Experimental Social Psychology (PSY 392)


    Graduate Courses Taught:

    Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (PSY 703)

    Seminar in Social Cognition (PSY 701)

  • Research

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    Isbell, L. M., & Lair, E. C. (in press). Positive and negative affective states, assessment of. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief & Vol Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. II. Research methods and assessment techniques. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


    Isbell, L. M., Rovenpor, D. R., & Lair, E.C. (2016). The impact of negative emotions on self-concept abstraction depends on accessible information processing styles. Emotion, 16, 1040-1049.


    Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2016). The impact of affect on out-group judgments depends on dominant information processing styles: Evidence from incidental and integral affect paradigms. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(4), 485-497.


    Isbell, L. M., & Lair, E. C. (2013). Moods, emotions, and evaluations as information. In D. Carlston (Ed.), Oxford handbook of social cognition (pp. 435-462). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


    Isbell L. M., & McCabe, J., Burns, K. C., & Lair, E. C. (2013). Who am I?: The influence of affect on the working self-concept. Cognition and Emotion, 27(6), 1073-1090.


    Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2013). Affect-As-Information about processing styles: A cognitive malleability approach. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7(2), 93-114.

    Manuscripts In Preparation, Under Review, or Under Revision

    Tkachuck, M. A., Schulenberg, S. E., & Lair, E. C. (under review). Natural disaster preparedness in college students: Implications for institutions of higher learning.


    Ehman, A. C., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (under review). The relationship between trait impulsivity and cyberbullying behavior is accounted for by sensation seeking.


    Hooks, C., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (under review). Examining the Impact of Geosocial Networking on the Sex Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex With Men.


    Darden, M. C., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (under review). Sexual compliance: Examining the relationship between sexual want, sexual consent, and sexual assertiveness.


    Lair, E. C. (submitted). Gender influences the signaling function that emotion provides about abstract and concrete mindsets in likelihood judgments.


    Lair, E. C., Peters, R. M., Jordan, L., & Isbell, L. M., (in preparation). Discrete emotional intensity influences the type of information affect provides about cognition.


    Lair, E. C., Isbell, L. M., & Rovenpor, D.R. (in preparation). Affect provides feedback about information processing styles and evaluative targets: social-cognitive mechanisms of voting preferences.


    Lair, E. C., Peters, R. M., Jordan, L., & Isbell, L. M., (in preparation). Need for cognition moderates whether incidental affect and trait affect influence judgment.


    Ehman, A. C. & Lair, E. C. (in preparation). Collective- vs. self-construal primes uniquely influence victim-blaming for sexual assault but not other crimes.


    Lair, E. C. & Isbell, L. M. (in preparation). Incorporating moral actions into moral character: Cognitive processing styles and emotions influence moral impression formation.





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  • Social Cognition Lab

    We investigate how cognitive information processing styles (thinking in a big-picture or detailed manner) and affect (moods, emotions, and feelings) interact to influence a wide variety of judgements, decisions, and behaviors. More specifically, we have investigated how these processes jointly impact moral judgments, risk perceptions, political candidate evaluations, visual attention, and reliance on stereotypes in impression formation.

    Lauren Jordan, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I’m from Baton Rouge, LA and am a doctoral candidate in the experimental psychology program at the University of Mississippi. I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts in Psychology. In the past, I have enjoyed researching terror management theory, which is the idea that when individuals are primed with their own mortality they often engage in ingroup bias and outgroup derogation. Specifically, I studied how an individual’s level of religiosity may affect this relationship. I look forward to further developing my research interests.

    Rubie Peters, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I am a doctoral candidate in the Experimental Psychology program. I was born and raised in Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! I received my Bachelors in General Studies from the University of Kansas; majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Philosophy and Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology. I then pursued a M.A. in General Psychology from American University. I also worked in a statistical computing lab providing statistical software support to both student and faculty for three years. My masters thesis examined the misperceptions individuals have about their peers’ desired number of sexual partners, and how those misperceptions influence their own desired number of sexual partners. I hope to continue my research concerning perception, and whether these misperceptions can be predicted based on the distribution of the scores

    Anandi Ehman, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I'm a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Department at the University of Mississippi. I recently completed my M.A. and my thesis was on the topic of cyberbullying in college students. For undergrad I went to Florida Gulf Coast University. My research interests are varied and still developing, though primarily they are centered around the topic of the internet and/or technology as a tool for facilitating various forms of aggression both intentional and unintentional (e.g. cyberbullying, victim blaming, sexual harassment/assault etc.). Clinically I'm interested in working with individuals with anxiety disorders. I would also like the opportunity to work with young adults (especially college students) as they progress through the transitional point in their lives towards adulthood.

    Erin Fowler

    Undergraduate Honors Student and Research Assistant

    I am a senior from Jackson, MS with a psychology major and English minor. My honors thesis focuses on how close relationships influence health behaviors, particularly by acting through changes in the self concept. Upon graduation, I hope to attend graduate school in either school or clinical psychology.

    Cole Putman

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior social work major from Brandon, MS with minors in education and psychology. Following graduation, I plan to go to grad school for higher education.

    Peyton Curtis

    Undergraduate Honors Student and Research Assistant

    I am a junior psychology major with a Spanish minor. I am also on the pre-med track. I am very interested in researching the effects of feelings in interacting with others and decision making, especially in the health care field. Specifically, how certain feelings towards people might lead to biased judgments during interactions with them. For example, how does a doctor's feelings about a patient influence how a doctor treats that patient? After college, I plan to attend medical school and become a physician, although I haven’t chosen my speciality yet.

    Alexandra Eben

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    My name is Alexandra Eben and I am currently a senior at The University of Mississippi. I intend to obtain my B.A. in psychology with a minor in English by May 2017. I am also currently a member of the university's mock trial team. Next year I will be persuing a masters degree in either Human Resources or Social Work.

    Jacquenique Holifield

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior from Jackson, MS. I am double majoring in sociology and nursing and I am minoring in psychology. My post-graduate plans include attending nursing school and eventually becoming a nurse practitioner. I am especially interested in seeing where sociology and social psychology intersect and where they both would be beneficial in the area of nursing.

    Macarah Morris

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a social work major from Brandon, MS. My minor is Psychology, and I am specifically interested in how social psychology and social work tie together. After college I hope to join the Peace Corps for two years before going on to graduate school.

    Jacqueline Falcon

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a junior from Dallas ,TX majoring in Psychology and minoring in Society and Health. After graduation, I plan on attending nursing school with hopes of becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am especially interested the areas of study that deal with the effects that emotion and social interaction have on one another.

    Shelby Wynn

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am currently a senior, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology and minoring in African American Studies. I hope to go on to get my M.A in Experimental Psychology and then my Ph.D. in Social Psychology. I would love to study social attitudes toward marginalized groups, specifically African Americans, and how it relates to police brutality.

    Abigail McMullan

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a sophomore psychology major with an education minor from Kennett, Missouri. I am interested in studying how certain social situations, especially school situations, affect people’s emotions and behaviors. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school and becoming a school psychologist.

  • Get Involved!

    Apply to be part of the Social Cognition Lab

    Want to become a lab member?

    Now recruiting for Fall 2017

    For undergraduate students who are interested in joining a social psychology research lab for PSY 405 credits, please download and fill-out the Research Assistant Application (which includes one academic reference) and email it to me by April 10, 2017. I will accept applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit your application, the better chance you will have of being accepted. Successful student applications will have a strong academic record (above a 3.0 GPA) and will demonstrate high reliability, integrity, and professionalism in their previous academic or employment experience.

    Graduate School Applicants

    To the Experimental Psychology Program

    I do not plan on accepting any students during the 2016-2017 academic year.


    For more information on our graduate program in Experimental Psychology, refer to the Psychology Graduate Admissions website for application instructions and information about other faculty members.