University of Wisconsin–Madison

Markus Brauer


(608) 890-3313

417 Psychology

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

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.

Niedenthal, P. M. & Brauer, M. (2012). Social functionality of emotions. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 259-285.

Brauer, M., Er-rafiy, A., Kawakami, K., & Phills, C. E. (2012). Describing a group in positive terms reduces prejudice less effectively than describing it in positive and negative terms. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 757-761.

Brauer, M., & Chaurand (2010). Descriptive norms, prescriptive norms, and social control: An intercultural comparison of people’s reaction to uncivil behaviors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 490-499.

Brauer, M., & Er-rafiy, A. (2011). Increasing perceived variability reduces prejudice and discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 871-877.

Brauer, M., & Bourhis, R. Y. (2006). Social power. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 601-616.