Ernest Park

Ernest Park

Associate Professor - Social Psychology

  • B.A., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Oregon
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Office: 2136 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-5062

Email: [email protected]



Social Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 360 - Social Psychology

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how people think, feel, and act when they work as members of a group. More specifically, I am interested in how perceptions of reality and morality are influenced by group contexts.  


Winget, J. R., & Park, E. S. (2022). Discharged in D.C.: The role of disinhibition in the behavior of insurrection group members. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 26 (3), 252-262.

Goodman, R. J., Trapp, S. K., Park, E. S., & Davis, J. L. (2021). Opening minds by supporting needs: Do autonomy and competence support facilitate mindfulness and academic performance? Social Psychology of Education, 24, 119-142.

Hinsz, V. B., Park, E. S., Leung, A.K., & Ladbury, J. (2019). Cultural disposition influences in workgroups: A motivational systems theory of group involvement perspective. Small Group Research, 50, 81-137.

Chung, S., Lount, R. B., Park, H., & Park, E. S. (2018). Friends with performance benefits?:  A meta-analysis on the relationship between friendship and group performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 63-79. 

Park, E. S., Hinsz, V. B., & Nickell, G. S. (2015). Regulatory fit theory at work:  Prevention focus’ primacy in safe food production. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 363-373.

Park, E. S., & Hinsz, V. B. (2015). Group interaction sustains positive moods and diminishes negative moods. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 19, 290-298.

Park, E.S., Tindale, R. S., & Hinsz, V. B. (2012). Interpersonal cognitive consistency and the sharing of cognition in groups. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive consistency:  A fundamental principle in social cognition (pp. 445-466). New York: Guilford Press.


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