Dr. Brian Lickel, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program
Dr. Lickel’s research examines adaptive and maladaptive responses to threat, particularly related to fears of terrorism and to environmental risks. With his collaborators and graduate students, Dr. Lickel is currently conducting several lines of research.
Understanding what makes communities resilient to environmental threats. This work includes cross-national data collection in Chile and the U.S., and both nationally representative and community-level samples.
Investigating how people respond to migration, particularly when migrants are victims of environmental disasters or civil conflicts.
Studying the role of different forms of activism and protest movements for adaptive change in response to political and environmental threats.
Testing the role of values and emotion in personal and societal change.
Understanding human responses to artificial intelligence and social robots, including developing normative guidelines for ethical technological development.