Chris Crandall

Professor of Psychology
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(Ph.D., University of Michigan) In his lab, Dr. Crandall works collaboratively on a range of issues in two basic areas: Prejudice and Political Psychology. In prejudice, our primary focus is on a broad approach exemplified by the Justification-Suppression Model (JSM) of prejudice. In the JSM, we look carefully at the processes that create a distinction between the prejudice people feel and the prejudice people express. This leads us to look at the justification of prejudice, particularly through ideology, values, and the kinds of explanations people make for bad outcomes. In political psychology, our lab works on two distinct problems. The first is political legitimacy, and our work is focused on basic problems in political psychology and the perception of political leaders as legitimate.. The second problem is the issue of the promotion of the status quo, and the many, many different ways natural, normal, basic cognitive and social processes end up supporting the status quo-psychologically, socially, economically, and politically.

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