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Daniel R. Stalder

Daniel R. Stalder

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Professor Daniel Stalder conducts research on social-cognitive biases, individual differences such as the need for closure, and cognitive dissonance theory, including in political and close-relationship contexts.

Book: The Power of Context, Prometheus Books, April 2018
(book review from Psych Central:

Blog at Psychology Today: Bias Fundamentals (35 articles and over 300,000 views March 2018 through December 2022)

Blog: PARBs Anonymous (on how social psychology can help to reduce bias and conflict)

Awards: 5 research- and 6 teaching-based awards, including the 2019 UW-Whitewater Outstanding Research Award, the 2020 Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention) from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (, and the 2021 UW-Whitewater College of Letters & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award).

Experience in political psychology:
- 7 interviews/consults for news outlets or podcasts.
- 13 articles at Psychology Today.
- 8 academic or community presentations (including 2 invited talks and 2 at national psychology conferences).

Media experience:
- Interviewed by Jill Cody on KSQD's "Be Bold America" on 1/19/20 to discuss political tribalism (
- Interviewed by Kate Archer Kent on WPR's "The Morning Show" on 1/21/19 to discuss political tribalism and the government shutdown (
- Interviewed by Andy David for fall 2018 podcast on political tribalism (
- Interviewed/consulted by Morning Consult in fall 2018 to discuss political polling data.
- Interviewed by GapJumpers for fall 2018 podcast regarding my book The Power of Context (
- Interviewed by KDWA in fall 2018 as part of their "in-depth" series to discuss my book The Power of Context.
- Interviewed by Shepherd Express for 8/28/18 article on my book The Power of Context (
- Interviewed by The Atlantic for 6/21/17 article on political hypocrisy.
- Interviewed by The Verge for 5/1/17 article on the bystander effect on Facebook.
- Interviewed by Mo on KDWA on 12/9/14 to discuss winter driving behavior.
- Interviewed by Janesville Gazette for 11/18/14 article on "snow psychology" and perceptions of "bad winter drivers."
- Consulted by NPR in spring 2012 regarding political psychology and cognitive dissonance theory.
- Interviewed by Canwest News Service in summer 2010 for an article on gender differences in cognitive dissonance and politics.
- Also interviewed by school newspapers or magazines.

Publications: 1 book, 16 articles in psychology domains, 7 articles in teaching domains.

Presentations: Over 45 academic or community presentations.

Select conference presentations:

Stalder, D. R., Pecore, C. R., Hammes, J. R., & Hammes, T. N. (2021, February). “What’s your problem?” The role of language and empathy in committing the fundamental attribution error. Poster presented virtually at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.​​

Stalder, D. R., Hammes, T. N., Pecore, C. R., & Hammes, J. R. (2020, May). Self-identifying with your smartphone, laptop, or game console breeds in-group favoritism. Poster to have been presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago (canceled due to coronavirus).

Stalder, D. R. (2019, April). Can cultivating an uncertainty mindset reduce bias? A preliminary study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Stalder, D. R., Gehler, C. A., & Cook, J. A. (2015, May). Mac versus PC users: Who’s more prone to intergroup bias? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Stalder, D. R. (2014, May). Are attributionally complex individuals more prone to attributional bias? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

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. (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.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Stalder, D. R. (2012). A role for social psychology instruction in reducing bias and conflict. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 11, 245-255.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2012). Investigation of the two-factor model for the English version of the Need for Closure Scale. Psychological Reports, 110, 598-606.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2012). The role of dissonance, social comparison, and marital status in thinking about divorce. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 302-323.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2010). Competing roles for the subfactors of need for closure in moderating dissonance-produced attitude change. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 775-778.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2010). The power of proverbs: Dissonance reduction through common sayings. Current Research in Social Psychology, 15(7), 72-81.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2009). Competing roles for the subfactors of need for closure in committing the fundamental attribution error. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 701-705.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2009). Political orientation, hostile media perceptions, and group-centrism. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 383-399.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2008). Revisiting the issue of safety in numbers: The likelihood of receiving help from a group. Social Influence, 3, 24-33.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2007). Need for closure, the Big Five, and public self-consciousness. Journal of Social Psychology, 147, 91-94.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2005). Learning and motivational benefits of acronym use in introductory psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 32, 222-228.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2002). Mathematicians, attributional complexity, and gender. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 8, 149-159.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2001). The use of discrimination indices in constructing course exams: A question of assumptions. Teaching of Psychology, 28, 278-280.
  • Stalder, D. R. (2000). Does logic moderate the fundamental attribution error? Psychological Reports, 86, 879-882.
  • Stalder, D. R., & Anderson, K. M. (2014). Are depressed individuals more susceptible to cognitive dissonance? Current Research in Social Psychology, 22(6), 10-19.
  • Stalder, D. R., & Baron, R. S. (1998). Attributional complexity as a moderator of dissonance-produced attitude change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 449-455.
  • Stalder, D. R., & Cook, J. A. (2014). On being happy and mistaken on a good day: Revisiting Forgas’s (1998) mood-bias result. Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 371-374.
  • Stalder, D. R., & Olson, E. A. (2011). t for two: Using mnemonics to teach statistics. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 247-250.
  • Stalder, D. R., & Stec, D. A. (2007). Topical and applied interests of introductory psychology students. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 34, 226-233.

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Statistical Methods
  • Individual and Society
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning and Conditioning
  • Life-Span Development
  • Personality
  • Psychological Testing
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Daniel R. Stalder
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
United States of America

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