Brian Collisson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Traditional Undergraduate Psychology Programs

bcollisson@apu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

“Hi all. I’m currently accepting graduate students for the upcoming school year. I encourage you to apply! If you’d like to chat more about research and the many career opportunities available in psych, let me know!”

- Dr. Collisson

Interested in Research?

Brian Collisson, Ph.D., conducts research at the interface of social relationships, prejudice, and personality.

Projects in his lab typically focus on prejudice, attitudes towards romantic couples, and dark personality traits.

Current Projects

Consumers' Dark Traits Predict Abuse of Food Refund Policies

Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch? We found 46% of customers abuse refund policies of online food delivery services by falsely claiming an order was missing, damaged, or incorrect to receive both their original food order and a full refund. We examined whether customers’ Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy) predict food refund fraud and its perceived acceptability.

Unethical Life Pro Tips

Some people share unethical life advice online, such as how to manipulate and deceive others for self-benefit. We're exploring whether people's dark personality traits predict their history of unethical behavior and heeding of unethical advice online.

Eating Away Prejudice

People often associate ethnic groups with particular foods (e.g., French crepes, Japanese sushi). We tested whether people’s ethnic prejudices vary as a function of their (dis)liking of ethnic food. Specifically, we explored whether perceived similarity mediates this relation.

Other Areas of Recent Interest

Relationship Interference - the extent to which people meddle in, and try to dissolve, others relationships

Psychology Career Options - Why psychology majors so often underestimate their career options

Being the Willing Bearer of Bad News - Sadism's links to sharing unwanted information with others

Perceptions of Racial Discrimination - Do perceptions of racism color people's perceptions of others' ambiguous behavior?

For a full list of published research projects, click here

Undergraduate Research Team

Graduate Students

Colleagues & Collaborators