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My research interests are at the interface of social, cultural and developmental psychology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in understanding how the self-concept (including social identities, such as racial identity, and personal identities. such as possible selves) functions to influence judgment, decision-making and real world behaviors. I term this model "identity-based motivation" and am interested in understanding both the process of identity-based motivation as well as contextual cues of identity.
Questions that interest me include: How does racial-ethnic identity influence the sense individuals make of themselves, others, and social situations? How do cultural frame and self-focus influence thinking more generally? Why do some individuals engage in risky behaviors while others stay in school, do their homework, floss their teeth, eat healthy and so on? How are these decisions influenced by their identities and the social comparisons they make--the successes and failures of similar others? Who volunteers or feels obligated to help? For whom is inter-group conflict intensely personal and chronically salient?
My interest in all of these specific questions stems from my interest in the interplay between self-concept, motivation and cognition as applied to social issues or real world problems, taking into account the ways that race-ethnicity, minority status and culture frame the sense we make of ourselves and others. I am particularly interested in the implications of culture and stigma on goal choice, motivational persistence and preferred cognitive style and understanding how these processes can be cued without conscious awareness.
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Health Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Destin, M., & Oyserman, D. (2009). From assets to school outcomes: How finances shape children’s perceived possibilities and intentions. Psychological Science.
- Oyserman, D (2017). Culture three ways: culture and subcultures within countries. Annual Review of Psychology, 68, 15.1–15.29. DOI 10.1146/annurev-psych-122414-033617
- Oyserman, D. (2016). Culture as situated cognition: Using the methods of social psychology to understand culture’s consequences. Current Opinions in Psychology, 12, 94-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.10.002
- Oyserman, D. (2013). Not just any path: Implications of identity-based motivation for disparities in school outcomes. Economics of Education Review, 33, 179-190.
- Oyserman, D. (2011). Culture as situated cognition: Cultural mindsets, cultural fluency and meaning‐making. European Review of Social Psychology, 22, 164‐214.
- Oyserman, D. (2009). Identity-based motivation: Implications for action-readiness, procedural-readiness, and consumer behavior. Target Article in Journal of Consumer Psychology, 19, 250-260.
- Oyserman, D., Brickman, D., Bybee, D., & Celious, A. (2006). Fitting in matters: Markers of in-group belonging and academic outcomes. Psychological Science, 17, 854-861.
- Oyserman, D., Bybee, D., & Terry, K. (2006). Possible selves and academic outcomes: How and when possible selves impel action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 188-204.
- Oyserman, D., Bybee, D., Terry, K., & Hart-Johnson, T. (2004). Possible selves as roadmaps. Journal of Research in Personality, 38, 130-149.
- Oyserman, D., Coon, H., & Kemmelmeier, M. (2002). Rethinking individualism and collectivism: Evaluation of theoretical assumptions and meta-analyses. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 3-73.
- Oyserman, D., & Destin, M. (2010). Identity-based motivation: Implications for intervention. The Counseling Psychologist, 38(7), 1001-1043.
- Oyserman, D., Fryberg, S., & Yoder, N. (2007). Identity-based motivation and health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 1011-1027.
- Oyserman, D., Kemmelmeier, M., & Coon, H. (2002). Cultural psychology, a new look: Reply to Bond (2002), Fiske (2002), Kitayama (2002), and Miller (2002). Psychological Bulletin, 128, 110-117.
- Oyserman, D., & Lee, S. W. S. (2008). Does culture influence what and how we think? Effects of priming individualism and collectivism. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 311-342.
- Oyserman, D. & *Lewis, Jr. N. (2017) Seeing the destination AND the path: Using identity-based motivation to understand racial disparities in achievement and what we can do about them. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 159-194. DOI: 10.1111/sipr.12030
- Oyserman, D., *Lewis Jr., N. A., *Yan, V. X., *Fisher, O., *O’Donnell, S. C., & *Horowitz, E. (2017). An identity-based motivation framework for self-regulation. Psychological Inquiry. DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2017.1337406
- Oyserman, D., Sorensen, N., Reber, R., & Chen, S. X. (2009). Connecting and separating mind-sets: Culture as situated cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 217-235.
- Wang, C., Oyserman, D., Liu, Q., Li, H., Han, S. (2013). Accessible cultural mindset modulates default mode neural activity: Evidence for the culturally situated brain. Social Neuroscience. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2013.775966
- Oyserman, D. (2007). Social identity and self-regulation. In A. Kruglanski & T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (2nd ed., pp. 432-453). New York: Guilford Press.
- Oyserman, D., & James, L. (2008). Possible selves: From content to process. In K. Markman, Klein & Suhr (Eds.), The handbook of imagination and mental stimulation. New York: Psychology Press.
- Seminar in Advanced Social Psychology
- Seminar in Social Psychology
- Social Psychological Perspectives on Culture
- Special Topics in Education: Identity-Based Motivation
Department of Psychology
University of Southern California
3620 S. McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-1061
United States of America
- Phone: (213) 740-2219