Markus Brauer

Position title: Professor


Phone: (608) 890-3313

417 Psychology

Headshot of Markus Brauer in a blue, collared shirt

Research Area(s)
Social & Personality

Lab Website
Brauer Group Lab

Research Interest
Research in my laboratory focuses on group and inter-group processes. On-going studies comprise three specific programs of research. One such program concerns SOCIAL POWER, and the cognitive and behavioral consequences of belonging to high and low power groups. For example, we have recently examined the effect of power on behavioral disinhibition and on within-group differentiation. A second program of research concerns INTERGROUP PERCEPTION, that is, the manner in which individuals process information about the groups that they belong to (in-groups) as well those that they do not belong to (out-groups). Recently completed studies in this area have examined the reduction of prejudice and discrimination through manipulations of individuals’ perception of the heterogeneity of the discriminated group. A third research program examines what we now call CIVIL COURAGE, which is the open expression of opposition to observed uncivil or immoral behaviors. Studies in this program examine the effects of perceived deviance and frequency on expressions of civil courage.

Representative Publications

Campbell, M. R. & Brauer, M. (2020). Incorporating social marketing insights into prejudice research: Advancing theory and demonstrating real-world applicationsPerspectives on Psychological Science, 15(3), 608-629.

Murrar, S., Campbell, M., & Brauer, M. (2020). Exposure to peers’ pro-diversity attitudes increases inclusion and reduces the achievement gapNature Human Behavior, 1-9.

Forscher, P. S., Cox, W. L., Brauer, M., Devine, P. G. (2019). Little race or gender bias in an experiment of initial review of NIH R01 grant proposals. Nature Human Behavior, 3, 257-264.

Murrar, S., & Brauer, M. (2019). Overcoming resistance to change: Using narratives to create more positive intergroup attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(2), 164-169.

Brauer, M. & Curtin, J. J. (2018). Linear mixed-effects models and the analysis of nonindependent data: A unified framework to analyze categorical and continuous independent variables that vary within-subjects and/or within-items. Psychological Methods, 23(3), 389-411.

Moisuc, A., Brauer, M., Fonseca, A., Chaurand, N., & Greitemeyer, T. (2018). Individual differences in social control: Who “speaks up” when witnessing uncivil, discriminatory, and immoral behaviors? British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(3), 524-546.

Pier, E. L., Brauer, M., Filut, A., Kaatz, A., Raclaw, J., Nathan, M. J., Ford, C. E., & Carnes, M. (2018). Low agreement among reviewers evaluating the same NIH grant applications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(12), 2952-2957.

Ro, M., Brauer, M., Kuntz, K., Shukla, R., & Bensch, I. (2017). Making Cool Choices for sustainability: Testing the effectiveness of a game-based approach to promoting pro-environmental behaviors. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 20-30.

Garcia-Marques, L., Garcia-Marques, T., & Brauer, M. (2014). Buy three but get only two: The smallest effect in a 2 x 2 ANOVA is always uninterpretable. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21(6), 1415-1430.

Er-rafiy, A., & Brauer, M. (2013). Modifying perceived variability: Four laboratory and field experiments show the effectiveness of a ready-to-be-used prejudice intervention. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 840-853.