• 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 401/405 credits), I do NOT have availability in the lab for the 2019-2020 academic year.


    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 2019-2020 academic year (to begin Fall 2020).


    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. I will not be teaching PSY 321 in 2019-2020.


    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 713)

  • Research

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    Florez, I. A., Schulenberg, S. E., Lair, E. C. Wilson, K., & Johnson, K. (in press). Understanding the relationship between meaning and racial prejudice: Examining self-transcendence and psychological inflexibility in a sample of white college students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.11.007


    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.


    Hooks, C. N., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (in press). Examining the Impact of Geosocial Networking on the Sex Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex With Men. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1007/s41347-018-0065-3


    Darden, M. C., Ehman, A. E., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (2019). Sexual compliance: Examining the relationship between sexual want, sexual consent, and sexual assertiveness. Sexuality & Culture, 23,220-235. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-018-9551-1


    Weber, M. C., Schulenberg, S. E., & Lair, E. C. (2018). University Employees' Preparedness for Natural Hazards and Incidents of Mass Violence: An Application of the Extended Parallel Process Model. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, 1082-1091. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.03.032


    Tkachuck, M. A., Schulenberg, S. E., & Lair, E. C. (2018). Natural disaster preparedness in college students: Implications for institutions of higher learning. Journal of American College Health, 66(4), 269-279. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1431897


    Ehman, A. C., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (2018). The relationship between trait impulsivity and cyberbullying behavior is accounted for by sensation seeking. Journal of Bullying and Social Aggression, 1(1).


    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

    Lair, E. C., Jordan, L., Peters, R. M., & Nguyen, T. V. (under review). Affect provides feedback about construal levels to influence judgments about natural hazard likeliness and perceived preparedness.


    Smith, C. V., O'Brien, S. M., & Lair, E. C. (under review). Purposely Stoic, Accidentally Alone? Self-Monitoring Moderates the Relationship between Emotion Suppression and Loneliness.


    Lair, E. C., Peters, R. M., Jordan, L. N., & Pal, S. (under review). General negative affect and need for cognition influence cognitive processing of everyday life events.


    Ehman, A. C. & Lair, E. C. (under review). Putting the “Me” in Blame: Independent vs. Interdependent Construal Message Framing Effects on Sexual Assault Victim Blame and Avoidance.


    Lair, E. C. (under review). Gender influences the feedback anger and disgust provide about construal use in likelihood judgments.


    Jordan, L. N., Curtis, P. D., & Lair, E. C. (in prep). Interdependent Construals and Emotion influence judgments of obese targets.


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

  • Lab Dinner Fall 2018

    SSSP Poster Fall 2016

    Lab Dinner Spring 2016

    Lab Dinner Fall 2016

  • 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 judgments, 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.

    Anandi Ehman, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I’m a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Mississippi. In my master’s work, I examined cyberbullying behavior in college students. My dissertation will narrow this focus by examining sexual cyberbullying behavior in this population, with an emphasis on the role social norms play in this behavior. Broadly speaking, my research interests are in the domain of aggression both intentional and unintentional (e.g., cyberbullying, victim blaming, sexual assault/harassment, etc.). Moreover, I enjoy working to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application via the creation of interventions. In the Social Cognition Lab, my work focuses on the social cognitive underpinnings of sexual assault victim blaming. Clinically, I enjoy working with clients struggling with a variety of issues, often both interpersonal and environmental in nature. I also particularly enjoy working with young adults, especially college students, as they navigate challenges with substance abuse, trauma, and other context driven difficulties. I look forward to beginning the process of applying for my Doctoral Internship next year.

    Lauren Jordan, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I’m from Baton Rouge, LA and am a third year 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. My research interests regard how emotion influences the judgments individuals make about other individuals and outgroups.

    Vy Nguyen

    Graduate Student, Lab Coordinator

    I'm a first year graduate student in the experimental psychology program at the University of Mississippi. Although I was born in Vietnam, I consider New Orleans my second home. I completed my Bachelor's at Xavier University of Louisiana with a major in Psychology and minor in Arts. For research, I'm interested in examining the perceptions of and interactions with individuals from immigrant backgrounds. Currently, my research questions are grounded in Integrated Threat Theory and Construal Level Theory. I'm also interested in how accent may serve as a prototypical cue of "American-ness", which may influence the threat perceptions of immigrants.

    Sukhmani Pal, M.S.

    Graduate Student

    I am a 2nd year PhD student in the department of Psychology at the University of Mississippi. From one of the most populated cities in the world, New Delhi, India, I landed in this tiny town to pursue my research and academic interests. My research area includes prejudice, discrimination, Intergroup violence, and LGBTQ+ issues. Apart from Psychology, I am extremely passionate about animal welfare and human rights.

    Rubie Peters, M.A.

    Graduate Student

    I am a third year 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.

    Megan Boyte

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior Psychology major, English and Cinema minor. I am interested in the effects that a group has on the individual, especially in an educational setting. Upon graduation, I plan to attend graduate school to study school psychology.

    Katherine Boyet

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior from Atlanta, Georgia studying Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors. Upon graduation, I hope to attend medical school and eventually become a practicing physician. I am especially interested in social psychology and how it relates to doctor-patient interactions and dynamics, as well as how emotion can into a physician's decision making and bedside manner.

    Abigail McMullan

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior 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.

    Emily Haupt

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a junior from Nashville, TN in the Honors College here at Ole Miss. I am majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a Business Administration minor. I’m still exploring my research interests, but currently, I’m interested in how our feelings influence our impressions of others and how we make decisions based off these impressions that could later lead to problems or biases. Post graduation, I plan to continue studying psychology with the hopes of combining psychology with the music business in an effort to promote the discussion of mental health and the stigmatized death by suicide through the outlet of music and the entertainment industry as a whole.

    Serenity Hawkins

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior from Saltillo, MS. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in professional writing. After graduation, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in higher education. My dream is to teach psychology at a community college, but I am also interested in academic advising, recruiting, and career planning. My research interests are centered around how feelings and attitudes towards students can affect how they are treated by higher education personnel. Instructors may be unaware of the self-fulling prophecies that they are placing on their students. Could a student’s academic success in a course be influenced by the instructor’s feelings toward that student?

    Lillie Grace Veazey

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a junior from Birmingham, Alabama studying Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I am interested in researching the processes through which people form and use schemas in social behavior, as well as how prejudice and discrimination interfere with a person’s access to health care. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school.

    Erin Yow

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I am a senior psychology major with an English minor. In the field of psychology, I am most interested in social interactions, particularly first impressions and how people respond, think of, and act toward individuals based on their physical appearances. I have recently decided to attend law school.

  • Get Involved!

    Apply to be part of the Social Cognition Lab

    Want to become a lab member?

    Not recruiting for Fall 2019

    For undergraduate students who are interested in joining a social psychology research lab for PSY 405 credits, please check availability in other labs for next year.


    Research Assistant Application (which includes one academic reference). 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 to accept students during the 2019-2020 academic year (to start Fall 2020).


    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.