Professor Daniel Stalder conducts research on the need for closure and cognitive dissonance theory, including in political and close-relationship contexts.
Awards: 3 research- and 4 teaching-based awards, including the Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention) in 2009.
Experience in presenting political psychology: 8 academic or community presentations since 2005 (including 2 invited talks and 2 at national psychology conferences).
Media experience: Consulted by NPR in spring 2012 regarding political psychology and cognitive dissonance theory. Interviewed by Canwest News Service in summer 2010 regarding a gender difference found in his 2010 dissonance publication in "Current Research in Social Psychology." Also interviewed by school newspapers or magazines.
Publications: 14 articles in psychology domains (including political psychology); 7 articles in teaching domains.
Presentations: Over 35 academic or community presentations.
Select recent conference presentations:
Stalder, D. R. (2012, August). Doing LSD in the classroom while watching The Big Bang Theory: Using humor, mnemonics, and popular culture to teach statistics. Presentation at the Sixth Annual Best Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Teaching Conference, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.
Stalder, D. R. (2012, May). Subfactors of Need for Closure in Moderating Bias and Persuasion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
Stalder, D. R., Gehler, C. A., & Cook, J. A. (2012, May). The Group-Centrism Scale: Initial Development and Validation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
Stalder, D. R. (2011, May). Updating the bystander-effect literature: The return of safety in numbers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
Stalder, D. R., & Amon, M. (2008, May). Reducing divorce risk through premarital consideration of "for worse": Preliminary evidence. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago.
Stalder, D. R. (2007, August). Political orientation, group-centrism, and subfactors of need for closure. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.
Select recent community presentations:
Stalder, D. R. (2008, October). Politics, personality, and hypocrisy: Using psychology to understand political perceptions, behavior, and party differences. Invited for the Fall 2008 Fairhaven Lecture Series at UW--Whitewater.
Stalder, D. R. (2008, September). The power of the group: Negative and positive group influences on individuals in political, bystander, and other interpersonal contexts. Given as part of the 'Visions and Expressions' lectures at the University of Wisconsin--Waukesha.