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In 2015-2016, four tenure-track faculty were housed in our social area within the Experimental Division of the Department of Psychological Sciences. Together, we submitted over 20 manuscripts for peer review this past year. Nine of those submissions contained graduate student co-authors from our social area at Texas Tech. Our social area spotlight highlights recent publications from our faculty and students.

As an area, we are committed to actively seeking external funding opportunities. In 2015-2016, the social area faculty submitted nine applications for extramural funding. Applications were submitted to the Department of Defense, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Two of our social area faculty had funding to conduct their research in 2015-2016.

Being active in scholarly research, we often develop collaborative partnerships from diverse locations across the United States, Canada, and Israel. In 2015-2016, social area faculty and students collaborated with over 38 collaborators across 23 separate institutions. Social area faculty and students were productive in networking and presenting their scholarly research at five different local, regional and national conferences in 2015-2016.

With regard to giving back to the scientific community, social area faculty serve on three editorial boards for peer-reviewed outlets in the social sciences. In 2015-2016, social area faculty served as ad-hoc reviewers for over 20 articles submitted to scholarly journals.

The Social Psychology program is committed to Lewin's maxim that there is nothing so practical as a good theory. Thus, there is an emphasis on basic research and theoretical development at the same time that social psychological theories are applied to research in areas such as clinical and counseling psychology, law, public opinion, and politics. Likewise, it is believed that rigorous training in methodology will prepare students to grapple with basic and applied problems that will emerge in the future.

The research emphases of the program cover a broad spectrum of topics in social psychology, including social cognition and attitudes, group processes, interpersonal process, and close relationships. The emphasis on social cognition is consistent with the contemporary state of the field of social psychology, but at Texas Tech it is well-balanced by strong interests in relationships and groups.

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