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July 10-29, 2005

Stanford University is very pleased to announce that it will host the
Summer Institute in Political Psychology
, reviving a tradition that was
created by Margaret Hermann and carried out at the Ohio State University
each summer from 1991 through 2002.

This year’s Institute is sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
Stanford’s new Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), the
Office of the Dean of Stanford’s School of Humanities & Sciences, the
International Society of Political Psychology, and the American Political
Science Association.

The Summer Institute this year will offer 3 weeks of training in political
psychology to up to 60 participants, including graduate students, faculty,
professionals, and advanced undergraduates.  The activity schedule will
include, lectures by world-class faculty, discussion groups,
research/interest group meetings, group projects, and an array of social

Political psychology is an exciting and thriving subdisciplinary specialty
that explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of
political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at
work.  The principal contributors to the field include political
scientists, psychologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, and other
researchers who cross bridges between disciplines in efforts to enrich
their scholarship.

A wide range of topics are explored, including terrorism, the causes and
dynamics of war, the determinants of election outcomes, public perceptions
of the legitimacy of their governments, the influence of the news media on
political affairs, processes of individual and collective decision-making
by political elites, bargaining and negotiation between and within
nations, the impact of leaders’ personalities on their actions, and much

The faculty offering lectures throughout the 3 weeks will include faculty
from Stanford, as well as faculty from nearby west-coast universities and
faculty from other universities across the country.

Stanford University is home of one of the founders of the field of
political psychology, Professor Alexander George, and currently includes
to a large group of faculty experts studying political psychology,
including Larry Bobo (public opinion, racial attitudes), Lee Ross (bargaining,
negotiation, international relations), Shanto Iyengar
(political cognition and news media influence), James Fishkin
(deliberative democracy), Paul Sniderman (political attitude formation and
change, racial attitudes), Jon Krosnick (public opinion, voting behavior),
Robert Zajonc (genocide), Hazel Markus (cultural influences on political
attitudes), Albert Bandura (moral disengagement), Phil Zimbardo
(terrorism), Douglas McAdam (social movements and protest), Karen Cook
(social exchange and trust), Deborah Gruenfeld (political organizations,
bargaining and negotiation), Jon Bendor (political decision-making under
uncertainty), Rod Kramer (collective identity, leadership), and others as

Applications from interested participants will be accepted beginning on
February 1 and are due by April 1, 2005, at the latest.  Qualified
applicants will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, and all
admissions decisions will be finalized by April 7.

For more information on the 2005 Summer Institute, please visit or email

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