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).
- Social Comparison
- Unconscious Processes
- Data analysis
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
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)
Social Psychological and Personality Science (Associate Editor, 2015--)
European Journal of Social Psychology (Associate Editor, 2012--2014)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (A&SC; 2011-2012)
International Review of Social Psychology (Associate Editor, 2006-2011)
Social Psychological and Personality Science (2010--2015)
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Laboratoire Inter-universitaire de Psychologie
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- Alexopoulos, T., Muller, D., Ric, F., & Marendaz, C. (2012). I, me, mine: Automatic attentional capture by self-related stimuli. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 770-779.
- Fayant, M.-P., Muller, D., Hartgerink, C.H.J., & Lantian, A. (2014). Is ostracism by a despised outgroup really hurtful? A replication and extension of Gonsalkorale and Williams (2007). Social Psychology, 45, 489-494.
- Fayant, M.-P., Muller, D., Nurra, C., Alexopoulos, T., & Palluel-Germain, R. (2011). Moving forward is not only a metaphor: Approach and avoidance lead to self-evaluative assimilation and contrast. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 241-245.
- Ko, S. J., Muller, D., Judd, C. M., & Stapel, D. (2008). Sneaking in through the back door: How category-based stereotype suppression leads to rebound in feature-based effects. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 833-839.
- Lantian, A., Muller, D., Nurra, C., & Douglas, K. (2017). “I know things they don’t know!” The role of need for uniqueness in belief in conspiracy theories. Social Psychology, 48, 160-173.
- Marx, D., Stapel, D., & Muller, D. (2005). We can do it: The interplay of construal orientation and social comparisons under threat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 432-446.
- Muller, D., Atzeni, T., & Butera, F. (2004). Coaction and upward social comparison reduce the illusory conjunction effect: Support for distraction-conflict theory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 659-665.
- Muller, D., Bushman, B., Subra, B., & Ceaux. E. (2012). Are people more aggressive when they are worse off or better off than others? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 755-760.
- Muller, D., & Butera, F. (2007). The focusing effect of self-evaluation threat in coaction and social comparison. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93(2),194-211.
- Muller, D., & Fayant, M.-P. (2010). On being exposed to superior others: Consequences of self-threatening upward social comparisons. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 621-634.
- Muller, D., Judd, C. M., & Yzerbyt, V. Y. (2005). When moderation is meditated and mediation is moderated. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89(6), 852-863.
- Muller, D., Yzerbyt, V., & Judd, C. M. (2008). Adjusting for a mediator in models with two crossed treatment variables. Organizational Research Methods, 11, 224-240.
- Rey, A. E., Riou, B., Muller, D., Dabic, S., & Versace, R. (2015). The mask who wasn't there: Visual masking effect with the perceptual absence of the mask. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 567-573.
- Ric, F., Alexopoulos, T., Muller, D., & Aubé, B. (2013). Emotional norms for 524 French personality-trait words. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 414-421.
- Ric, F., & Muller, D. (2012). Unconscious addition: When we unconsciously initiate and follow arithmetic rules. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 222-226.
- Schuldt, J. P., Muller, D., & Schwarz, N. (2012). The ‘‘Fair-Trade’’ Effect: Health Halos From Social Ethics Claims. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 581-589.
- Subra, B., Muller, D., Bègue, L., Bushman, B. J., & Delmas, F. (2010). Automatic effects of alcohol and aggressive cues on aggressive thoughts and behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 1052-1057.
- Subra, B., Muller, D., Fourgassie, L., Chauvin, A., & Alexopoulos, T. (in press). Of guns and snakes: testing a modern threat superiority effect. Cognition and Emotion.
- Yzerbyt, V., Muller, D., & Judd, C. M. (2004). Adjusting researchers' approach to adjustment: On the use of covariates when testing interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 424-431.
- Zerhouni, O., Rougier, M., & Muller, D. (2016). “Who (really) is Charlie?” French cities with lower implicit prejudice toward Arabs demonstrated larger participation rates in Charlie Hebdo rallies. International Review of Social Psychology, 29, 69-76.
- Data Analysis (Quasi-Experimental Designs and Analysis of Variance)
- Data Analysis and Methodology
- Research Methods
- Social Cognition
- Social Psychology
Université Grenoble Alpes
UFR SHS, Bâtiment BSHM, CS 407000
38058 Grenoble Cedex 9
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