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Garrett Strosser - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Garrett Strosser

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology | Southern Utah University


Specializing in empirical social psychology research on topics such as morality, political psychology, and cultural psychology.


Dr. Garrett Strosser is an associate professor of psychology and chair of the Psychology Department at Southern Utah University. He focuses on researching social norms, bicultural identity, morality and values, attitudes toward stigmatized groups, and political psychology.

Before teaching at SUU, he was a graduate instructor at New Mexico State University. Dr. Strosser has been published several times and presented numerous different research studies with student collaborators at various meetings, festivals, and conferences all over the United States.

Dr. Strosser earned his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State University, a master’s of education in community agency counseling at Auburn University, a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in experimental statistics at New Mexico State University.







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Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (14)

Morality and Values

Stigma Against Mentally Ill

Statistics in Psychology

Social Norms

Political Psychology

Moral Judgements in Relationships

Morality and Religion

Ignorance Towards Atheists

Forensic Psychology


Dark Triad Traits

Culture and Cognition

Cognitive Psychology

Bicultural Identity

Education (4)

Angelo State University: B.A., Psychology

Auburn University: M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling

New Mexico State University: M.A., Experimental Psychology

New Mexico State University: Ph.D., Social Psychology / Minor–Experimental Statistics

Accomplishments (2)

Southern Utah University Influencer Award (professional)


Institutional Review Board Chair

The Board Chair is responsible for reviewing all "human participants research" that occurs with an SUU-affiliated individual for ethical concerns.

Affiliations (4)

  • The Journal of Social Psychology : consulting editor.
  • Society for Personality & Social Psychology : member.
  • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology : member.
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology : member.

Event Appearances (3)

The influence of positive conservative and liberal messages on attitudes towards same-sex marriage

AGM of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association  Denver, CO


Softening the stigma: Using service learning to shift explicit and implicit attitudes toward people with mental illness

AGM of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association  Denver, CO


The influence of conservative and liberal messages on attitudes towards same-sex marriage

San Diego, CA  Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists


Articles (8)

Crowdsourcing Hypothesis Tests: Making Transparent How Design Choices Shape Research Results.

American Psychology Association

Landy, J. F., Jia, M. (L.), Ding, I. L., Viganola, D., Tierney, W., Dreber, A., Johannesson, M., Pfeiffer, T., Ebersole, C. R., Gronau, Q. F., Ly, A., van den Bergh, D., Marsman, M., Derks, K., Wagenmakers, E.-J., Proctor, A., Bartels, D. M., Bauman, C. W., Brady, W. J, Uhlmann, E. L.

To what extent are research results influenced by subjective decisions that scientists make as they design studies? Fifteen research teams independently designed studies to answer five original research questions related to moral judgments, negotiations, and implicit cognition.

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Service-learning in abnormal psychology: Softening the implicit stigma against the mentally ill


Barney, Steve T. Corser, Grant C. Strosser, Garrett L. Hatch, Daniel L. LaFrance, Kevan

Because of stigma, people with mental illnesses report feeling isolated and lonely, tend to be reluctant to discuss their conditions, and are less likely to seek treatments. Stigma reduction programs that incorporate some form of contact with stigmatized individuals have been shown to be effective in altering self-reported negative biases. The present study tested whether contact with individuals who have mental illnesses through a service-learning project incorporated into an undergraduate psychopathology course would reduce self-reported and also implicit biases against those with mental illnesses. Participation in a course with a service-learning component indeed resulted in significant reductions in self-reported, F(1, 69) = 121.35, p < .001, ηp2 = .64, and implicit biases, F(1, 64) = 41.88, p < .001, ηp2 = .40, toward people with mental illness beyond a course in which service-learning was not a component.

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Attributions About Morally Unreliable Characters: Relationship Closeness Affects Moral Judgments

Basic and Applied Social Psychology

Across 6 studies, relationship closeness strongly influenced moral attribution. First, we found that moral attributions were stronger when one interacted with an intimate compared to less intimate other. Second, we examined attributions about those who treat some people well and others badly. Moral character attributions were worse when an actor harmed an intimate relationship partner compared to a ...

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When Private Reporting Is More Positive Than Public Reporting: Pluralistic Ignorance Towards Atheists

Social Psychology

Across three studies, we assessed the impact of perceived social norms on attitudes and positive behavioral intentions towards atheists and religious believers. Reported attitudes, reported acceptability of expressing positive and negative attitudes, and reported positive behavioral intentions disproportionately favored religious believers over atheists. However, participants reported a higher likelihood of ...

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Valuing Myself Over Others: The Dark Triad Traits and Moral and Social Values

Personality and Individual Differences

In samples from America and Germany (N = 1353), we examined how the Dark Triad traits related to different value systems as measured by Moral Foundations and Social Values. Psychopathy was linked to diminished concerns for all Moral Foundations, Machiavellianism was linked to a moral flexibility, and narcissism was linked to a socially desirable form of morality. Machiavellianism ...

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Effects of Rumen Passage on Fluoxetine Bioavailability in Serum and Effects of Fluoxetine on Serum Prolactin Concentration and Demeanor in Ewes

Journal of Animal Science

Sheep are becoming increasingly important in medical research. The objective of the present study was to identify changes in bioactivity of fluoxetine during ruminal passage in ewes, and to examine the effects of fluoxetine administration on demeanor and serum prolactin concentration. Twelve mature ewes were administered saline (control), daily oral fluoxetine (40 mg), or alternate-day oral fluoxetine for ...

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Relational and Item-Specific Influences on Generate–Recognize Processes in Recall

Memory and Cognition

The generate–recognize model and the relational–item-specific distinction are two approaches to explaining recall. In this study, we consider the two approaches in concert. Following Jacoby and Hollingshead (Journal of Memory and Language 29:433–454, 1990), we implemented a production task and a recognition task following production (1) to evaluate whether generation and recognition ...

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Software for Studying Emotional Signaling in Economic Bargaining Games

Behavior Research Methods

EMOTLAB software creates a virtual social environment in which individuals interact via computer with a virtual interaction partner in a series of economic bargaining games. The virtual partner appears on the participant’s computer screen as a digital image (e.g., video or picture file) during each trial. A key feature of EMOTLAB software is its ability to control both the strategic behavior and the emotion signaling behavior (e.g., anger vs. embarrassment) of the virtual interaction partner. By simply editing a series of text files that control the subroutines governing the different features of the experiment (payoff structure, number of trials, etc.), EMOTLAB can generate an essentially infinite number of different social bargaining situations in which participants earn monetary payoffs contingent upon their decisions. This paper provides an overview of this software and how one can edit various subroutines to generate a typical experimental session in which research participants encounter a virtual interaction partner who displays different emotional signals.

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Courses (6)

PSY 1010 General Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. This course provides a broad overview of this field of science.

PSY 2010 Psychology as a Science and Profession

This course applies psychology to life. It also lays the foundation for further studies in psychology. Self-discovery; paradigm exploration; life, career, and education planning; professional organizations; research opportunities; graduate school; APA writing format; goal setting; decision making; life and stress management; learning and memory skills; diversity; and psychology department resources are among the topics addressed. Because the course is team taught students have the opportunity to meet and assess all members of the psychology department faculty.

PSY 3010/15 Statistics in Psychology

A presentation of statistical concepts of particular relevance to psychologists. Topics include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, t tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression, and Chi-square.

PSY 3320 Cognitive Psychology

A survey of contemporary, psychological models of human cognition (e.g., memory, attention, perception, problem solving, and communication). The class focuses on research from the field of experimental psychology.

PSY 3370 Social Psychology

This course explores the social nature of individual behavior. Focus of the course is on how the individual perceives the social group and interacts in social situations. Topics to be covered include social perception and cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, conformity, group processes, and applied aspects of social psychology.

PSY 4940 Senior Project: Independent Research II

Ideally suited to students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. This course allows students to conduct research for which they have received IRB approval. Students will complete their research project and submit an APA style professional paper. Though not required, it is anticipated that many students will submit their research for presentation and/or publication.