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Grace Larson

(she/her/hers)Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2019)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 168


Professor Larson's research is in the area of social psychology. In particular, she examines the social cognition of close relationships, including how members of intimate relationships can help (or hinder) one another in regulating their emotions and pursuing their goals. Most recently, she has begun to examine implicit attitudes toward romantic partners, and how this index can offer distinct insights compared to explicit reports of relationship satisfaction.


  • B.A., Pomona College, 2010
  • M.A., Northwestern University, 2015
  • Ph.D., 2018

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

PSYC 340 Rsrch Meth in Social Psych
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. This intensive course will provide students with an overview of research methods used in social psychology. Students will learn about major concepts in research planning, design, and analysis when working with social psychological data. Students will also learn about best practices and challenges in social psychological research such as issues of sampling, survey research, correlational research, observational methods, experimental methods, ethics, and replication. In lab students will learn hands-on how to search and review scientific literature, how to design and conduct research projects, collect, analyze and interpret data, and communicate their findings in scientific reports. They will also learn how to use online methods for data collection and survey administration and strengthen their skills in SPSS data analysis. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 140, 210 & 211.

PSYC 440 Seminar in Social Psychology
In this seminar, we read and discuss primary sources in theoretical or applied social psychology. Previous seminars have looked at applications of social psychology principles in law, medicine, mental health, consumer behavior, conservation, and education, and theories of social construal, social influence, and social systems. Students are responsible for leading class sessions and contributing to a group document, such as an annotated bibliography or literature review. Prerequisites: PSYC 210 & 211.

PSYC 550 Independent Research