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My research laboratory at Morehead State University includes undergraduate research assistants, undergraduate research fellows and graduate students in the General-Experimental Masters program. 


I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate classes including: 

As an experimental social psychologist, I  apply a social-cognitive perspective to the study of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations.  In my primary line of work, I investigate the barriers to positive intergroup relations.  Additionally, I am interested in issues in political psychology and the role of national identification in prejudicial responses. 


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology (Honors)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (I and II)
  • Graduate Social Psychology
  • ​Seminar on Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Seminar on Group Conflict and Violence

Recent Publications

01 July 2013


David A. Butz, PhD

About me

I received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a Masters and Doctorate in Social Psychology from Florida State University.  I completed a two year postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst prior to my appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Morehead State University in 2009.  


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Brambilla, M. & Butz, D.A, (2012). Intergroup threat and outgroup attitudes: Macro-level symbolic threat increases prejudice against gay men. Social Psychology, 1-9.

Butz, D.A., & Plant, E.A. (2009). Prejudice control and interracial relations: The role of motivation to

respond without prejudice.  Journal of Personality, 77, 1311-1342. 

Butz, D.A., & Yogeeswaran, K. (2011). A New threat in the air: Macroeconomic threat increases prejudice against Asian Americans. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(1), 22-27.

Butz, D. A., & Plant, E. (2011). Approaching versus avoiding intergroup contact: The role of expectancies and motivation. In L. R. Tropp, R. K. Mallett, (Eds.), Moving beyond prejudice reduction: Pathways to positive intergroup relations (pp. 81-98). Washington, DC US: American Psychological Association.