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Dominique Muller

Dominique Muller

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Broadly speaking I'm working on social comparison processes. More precisely, my major theoretical interest is on the study of social factors' impact on cognitive processes. Hence, we study notably the impact of coaction and social comparison (at an interindividual level and more recently at an intergroup level) on visual processing (Muller, Atzeni, & Butera, 2004; Muller & Butera, 2007). The aim of this line of research is on the one hand to study how and when social context can help information processing and on the other hand to understand better the way social context moderates cognitive functioning (see Muller & Fayant, 2010 for a review). More recently, we studied the impact of embodied cognition on how social comparison influences self-evaluation (Fayant, Muller, Nurra, Alexopoulos, & Palluel-Germain, 2011) as well as the impact of social comparison on aggressive behavior (Muller, Bushman, Subra, & Ceaux, 2012).

My second general research interest is related to automatic processes. For instance, we showed that alcohol related primes automatically induces aggressive thoughts and aggressive behavior (Subra, Muller, Bègue, Bushman, & Delmas, 2011). Together with François Ric, we also showed that one can perform additions totally unconsciously, that is without knowing he/she does and without even seeing consciously the to be added-digits (Ric & Muller, 2012). More recently, we revisited the cocktail party effect by studying systematically the 3 remaining (Bargh, 1982 having convincingly demonstrated one of them) features of automaticity (Alexopoulos, Muller, Ric, & Marendaz, 2012).

My third area of research interest is about data analysis methods. Our current research deals with the adjustment function within regression models. This function is notably implied in what is known as ANCOVA models (Yzerbyt, Muller, & Judd, 2004) and mediation analyses (Muller, Judd, & Yzerbyt, 2005; Muller, Yzerbyt, & Judd, 2008).


Research Interests
  • Social Comparison
  • Attention
  • Unconscious Processes
  • Data analysis

Professional Positions

Full Professor of Psychology, University of Grenoble
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Grenoble
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Paris Descartes
Postdoc, University of Colorado at Boulder


Professional Associations

Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Internationale en Psychologie Sociale (ADRIPS)
European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)


Editorial Board

European Journal of Social Psychology (Associate Editor, 2012--)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (A≻ 2011-2012)
International Review of Social Psychology (Associate Editor, 2006-2011)
Psychologie Française
Social Psychological and Personality Science (2010--)

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Data Analysis (Quasi-Experimental Designs and Analysis of Variance)
  • Data Analysis and Methodology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology

Dominique Muller
Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale
Pierre-Mendès-France University
UFR SHS, 1251 av. Centrale, BP 47
38040 Grenoble Cedex 9
France

  • Phone: (+33 4) 76 82 58 90
  • Fax: (+33 4) 76 82 56 65

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