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Department of Sociology

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Social Psychology

Social psychologists at the University of South Carolina study social psychological determinants of discrimination and inequality; power and status processes; justice; bargaining; emotions; cooperation; collective action; altruism and prosocial behavior; morality and norms; and social networks and social relations.

About Our Research:

Social scientists from USC, together with colleagues from other major research universities in the US and abroad, have conducted some of the most advanced and rigorous social psychological experimentation using this state-of-the-art laboratory.

Numerous past and present cutting-edge research projects, almost all of them generously supported by Grants from the National Science Foundation, and published in the top journals of our discipline, have been exploring topics and fields as diverse as:

  • group processes
  • altruism, morality, and social solidarity
  • social dilemmas and cooperation
  • power, inequality, and social stratification
  • exchange and social networks
  • distributive justice, status, and legitimacy
  • judgment and decision making

Our faculty in this area include: 

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