Todd Williams

Todd Williams

Associate Professor
B.A., University of Alberta, Canada
Ph.D. (2009), University of Alberta, Canada
Office: 1307 Au Sable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8976

Office Hours


Experimental Social Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 360 - Social Psychology: Psychology's View
PSY 400 - Advanced Research in Psychology


My theoretical and research interests are focused on examining the diverse existential issues of the human condition. I am fascinated by how we, as social animals, construct a shared system of meaning while maintaining a private sense of self.

My interests encompass three topic areas: 1) The acquisition and maintenance of self-esteem 2) Belief change and metacognitive awareness 3) Machiavellianism and deception.

Recent Publications

Wolfe, M. & Williams, T. J. (2017). Poor metacognitive awareness of belief change. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, TBA. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2017.1363792

Wolfe, M. & Williams, T. J. (2017). Effects of text content and beliefs on informal argument evaluation. Discourse Processes, TBA. DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1319654

Hayes, J., Schimel, J., Williams, T. J., Howard, A., Webber, D. & Faucher, E. (2015). Worldview accommodation: Selectively modifying committed beliefs provides defense against worldview threat. Self and Identity. 14, 521 -548.

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Usta, M. (2014). Following and resisting body image ideals in advertising: The moderating role of extrinsic contingency focus. Self and Identity, 14, 398-418. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2013.836133

Galen, L., Williams, T. J. & Ver Wey, A. (2014). Personality ratings are influenced by religious stereotype and group identity bias. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 282-297. DOI:10.1080/10508619.2013.837658

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Faucher, E. (2012). The effects of existential threat on reading comprehension of worldview affirming and disconfirming information. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 602-616.

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Martens, A. (2010). The moderating role of extrinsic contingency focus on reactions to threat. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 300-320.

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