Helen C. Harton, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Social Area Coordinator
Office: Bartlett 2080
Office hours: W 1:30-2:50; F 11-11:50; by appointment
I received my Ph.D. in social psychology from Florida Atlantic University in
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My primary research interests are attitude change and social influence and prejudice. I'm interested in dynamical systems approaches, and much of my research has been on the catastrophe theory of attitudes and dynamic social impact theory. I’m currently working on large scale project with Nick Schwab on social influence and health behaviors in the residence halls. I take a broad approach to attitudes and have researched change in attitudes about the self (personality traits), attitudes about relationships (relationship satisfaction), and attitudes toward immigrants (prejudice) as well. Another program of research tests a model relating political orientation to the different ways that prejudice (e.g., toward African-Americans, toward homosexuals) can manifest itself. I am also interested in prosocial behavior and cooperative learning strategies. Finally, current projects include investigations into different ways of presenting consent information in studies, perceptions of ethics in research, and motivations for dance across cultures.