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Brian P. Meier

Brian P. Meier

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My research focuses on the social-cognitive mechanisms of behavior. I have a strong interest in several areas of social behavior such as aggression, embodiment, mindfulness, and pro-sociality. I am increasingly fascinated by the social and cognitive factors that drive religious beliefs, perceptions, and behavior.

I am also a co-director of Camp Psych, which is a summer camp in psychology for high school students (

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Hauser, D. J., Carter, M. S., & Meier, B. P. (2009). Mellow Monday and furious Friday: The approach-related link between anger and time representation. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1166-1180.
  • Landau, M. J., Meier, B. P., & Keefer, L. A. (2010). A metaphor-enriched social cognition. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 1045-1067.
  • Meier, B. P., Fetterman, A. K., Robinson, M. D., & Lappas, C. M. (in press). The myth of the angry atheist. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.
  • Meier, B. P., Hauser, D. J., Robinson, M. D., Friesen, C. K., & Schjeldahl, K. (2007). What’s “up” with God?: Vertical Space as a representation of the divine. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 699-710.
  • Meier, B. P., & Hinsz, V. B. (2004). A comparison of human aggression committed by groups and individuals: An interindividual-intergroup discontinuity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 551-559.
  • Meier, B. P., & Robinson, M. D. (2004). Why the sunny side is up: Associations between affect and vertical position. Psychological Science, 15, 243-247.
  • Meier, B. P., & Wilkowski, B. M. (2013). Reducing the tendency to aggress: Insights from social and personality psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 343-354.
  • Wilkowski, B. M., & Meier, B. P. (2010). Bring it on: Angry facial expressions potentiate approach-motivated motor behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 201-210.
  • Wilkowski, B. M., Meier, B. P., Robinson, M. D., Carter, M. S., & Feltman, R. (2009). “Hotheaded” is more than an expression: The embodied representation of anger in terms of heat. Emotion, 9, 464-477.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics

Brian P. Meier
Department of Psychology
Gettysburg College
300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
United States

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