Publications

Most of my 50+ academic publications and corresponding research materials are accessible here, but you can also find copies of them on my Google Scholar page, PsyArXive, my Social Science Research Network homepage, my Academia.edu account, or my Research Gate account. If you are not able to access an article or its corresponding materials for any reason, let me know and I will be happy to send along all that I have (you can contact me at matt.motyl@gmail.com).

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  • Washburn, A. N., Hanson, B. E., Motyl, M., Skitka, L. J., Yantis, C., Wong, K. M., ... & Carsel, T. S. (2018). Why Do Some Psychology Researchers Resist Adopting Proposed Reforms to Research Practices? A Description of Researchers’ Rationales. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2515245918757427. Find preprint, materials, registrations, and scripts at the OSF Page.

  • Carsel, T., Demos, A. P., & Motyl, M. (2018). Strong scientific theorizing is needed to improve replicability in psychological science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41.

  • Motyl, M., Demos, A. P., Carsel, T. S., Hanson, B. E., Melton, Z. J., Mueller, A. B., Prims, J. P., Sun, J., Washburn, A. N., Wong, K. M., Yantis, C. A., & Skitka, L. J. (2017). The state of social and personality science: Rotten to the core, not so bad, getting better, or getting worse? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 34-59. Download article. Find materials, registrations, and scripts at the OSF Page for Study 1 and the OSF Page for Study 2.

  • Frimer, J., Skitka, L. J., & Motyl, M.. (2017). Liberals and conservatives are similarly motivated to avoid exposure to one another's opinions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 1-12. Download Article

  • Crawford, J. T., Brandt, M. J., Inbar, Y., Chambers, J. R., & Motyl, M. (2017). Social and Economic Ideologies Differentially Predict Prejudice across the Political Spectrum, but Social Issues are Most Divisive. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112, 383-412.Download article, Supplement

  • Graham, J., Haidt, J., Motyl, M., Meindl, P., Iskiwitch, C., & Mooijman, M. (2017). On the advantages of moral pluralism over moral monism. In K. Gray & J. Graham (Eds.), The Atlas of Moral Psychology: Mapping Good and Evil in the Mind. New York: Guilford. Download article

  • Stevens, S. T., Jussim, L., Anglin, S. A., Duarte, J. L., Welch, C. A., Labrecque, J., Everett, J., Edlund, J., & Motyl, M. (in press). Political exclusion and discrimination in social psychology. In Crawford, J. T., & Jussim, L. (Eds.). The politics of social psychology. New York: Psychology Press.

  • Prims, J., Melton, Z. J., & Motyl, M. (2017). Using Twitter to understand moral differences underlying political preferences in the 2016 election. In M. Fitzduff (Ed.), Irrational Politics: The Allure of Donald Trump. Praeger. Download Article, Data

  • Chopik, W., & Motyl, M. (2017). Is Virginia for Lovers? Geographic variation in adult attachment orientation. Journal of Research in Personality, 66, 38-45. Download article, OSF Page

  • Frimer, J., Motyl, M., & Tell, C. (2016). Sacralizing liberals and fair-minded conservatives: Ideological symmetry in the moral motives in the culture war. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Download article

  • Chopik, W., & Motyl, M. (2016). Ideological fit enhances interpersonal orientations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 759-768. Download article, Data

  • Motyl, M. (2016). Liberals and conservatives are geographically dividing. In P. Valdesolo & J. Graham (Eds.), Bridging Ideological Divides: The Claremont Symposium for Applied Social Psychology. Sage Press. Download Article

  • Tierney, W., Schweinsberg, M., Jordan, J., Kennedy, D. M., Qureshi, I., Sommer, S. A., Thornley, N., Madan, N., Vianello, M., Awtrey, E., Zhu, L., Diermeier, D., Heinze, J., Srinivasan, M., Tannenbaum, D., *Bivolaru, E., Dana, J., Davis-Stober, C. P., Du Plessis, C. Gronau, Q. F., Hafenbrack, A. C., Liao, E. Y., Ly, A., Marsman, M., Murase, T., Qureshi, I., Schaerer, M., Thornley, N., Tworek, C. M., Wagenmakers, E-J., Wong, L., Anderson, T., Bauman, C. W., Bedwell, W. L., Brescoll, V., Canavan, A., Chandler, J. J., Cheries, E., Cheryan, S., Cheung, F., Cimpian, A., Clark, M., Cordon, D., Cushman, F., Ditto, P. H., Donahue, T., Frick, S. E., Gamez-Djokic, M., Hofstein Grady, R., Graham, J., Gu, J., Hahn, A., Hanson, B. E., Hartwich, N. J., Hein, K., Inbar, Y., Jiang, L., Kellogg, T., Kennedy, D. M., Legate, N., Luoma, T. P., Maibeucher, H., Meindl, P., Miles, J., Mislin, A., Molden, D. C., Motyl, M., Newman, G., Ngo, H. H., Packham, H., Ramsay, P. S., Ray, J. L., Sackett, A. M., Sellier, A-L., Sokolova, T., Sowden, W., Storage, D., Sun, X., Van Bavel, J. J., Washburn, A. N., Wei, C., Wetter, E., Wilson, C., Darroux, S-C., & Uhlmann, E. L. (in press). Data from a pre-publication independent replication initiative examining ten moral judgement effects. Nature: Scientific Data.

  • Schweinsberg, M., Madan, N., Vianello, M., Sommer, S. A., Jordan, J., Tierney, W., Awtrey, E., Zhu, L., Diermeier, D., Heinze, J., Srinivasan, M., Tannenbaum, D., Bivolaru, E., Dana, J., Davis-Stober, C. P., Du Plessis, C. Gronau, Q. F., Hafenbrack, A. C., Liao, E. Y., Ly, A., Marsman, M., Murase, T., Qureshi, I., Schaerer, M., Thornley, N., Tworek, C. M., Wagenmakers, E-J., Wong, L., Anderson, T., Bauman, C. W., Bedwell, W. L., Brescoll, V., Canavan, A., Chandler, J. J., Cheries, E., Cheryan, S., Cheung, F., Cimpian, A., Clark, M., Cordon, D., Cushman, F., Ditto, P. H., Donahue, T., Frick, S. E., Gamez-Djokic, M., Hofstein Grady, R., Graham, J., Gu, J., Hahn, A., Hanson, B. E., Hartwich, N. J., Hein, K., Inbar, Y., Jiang, L., Kellogg, T., Kennedy, D. M., Legate, N., Luoma, T. P., Maibeucher, H., Meindl, P., Miles, J., Mislin, A., Molden, D. C., Motyl, M., Newman, G., Ngo, H. H., Packham, H., Ramsay, P. S., Ray, J. L., Sackett, A. M., Sellier, A-L., Sokolova, T., Sowden, W., Storage, D., Sun, X., Van Bavel, J. J., Washburn, A. N., Wei, C., Wetter, E., Wilson, C., Darroux, S-C., & Uhlmann, E. L. (in press). The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory’s research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Download Article, Download Supplement

  • Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349,, 943-953. Download Article, Data

  • Motyl, M., & Iyer, R. (2015). Diverse crowds using diverse methods improves the scientific dialectic. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Download Article

  • Wojcik, S. P., Hovasapian, A., Graham, J., Motyl, M., & Ditto, P. H. (2015). Defining the happiness gap-Response. Science, 348, 1216-1217. Download Article

  • Wojcik, S. P., Hovasapian, A., Graham, J., Motyl, M., & Ditto, P. H. (2015). Conservatives report, but liberals display, greater happiness. Science, 347, 1243-1246. Download Article, Data

  • Clifford, S., Jerit, J. Rainey, C., & Motyl, M. (2015). Moral concerns and policy attitudes: Investigating the influence of elite rhetoric. Political Communication, 32, 229-248. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., Iyer, R., Oishi, S., Trawalter, S., & Nosek, B. A. (2014). How ideological migration geographically segregates groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 1-14. Download Article, OSF Page with Data and Analysis Scripts

  • Motyl, M. (2014). "If he wins, I'm moving to Canada": Ideological migration threats following the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14, 123-136. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., & Iyer, R. (2013). Will the real fundamental difference underlying ideology please stand up? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 322-323. Download Article

  • Crawford, J. T., & Motyl, M. (2013). Bleeding-heart liberals and hard-hearted conservatives: Subtle political dehumanization through differential attributions of human nature and human uniqueness traits. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. Full-text online (open-access).

  • Graham, J., Haidt, J., Koleva, S., Motyl, M.,, Iyer, R., Wojcik, S. P., & Ditto, P. H. (2013). Moral Foundations Theory: The Pragmatic Validity of Moral Pluralism. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 55-130. Download from SSRN

  • Iyer, R., Motyl, M., & Graham, J. (2013). What is freedom--and does wealth cause it? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 492-493. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., Hart, J., Goldenberg, J., Heflick, N., Pyszczynski, T., & Cooper, D. (2013). Creatureliness priming undermines aggression and support for war. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 648-666. Download Article

  • Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2012). The aftermath of destruction: Images of destroyed buildings increase support for war, dogmatism, and death thought accessibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1069-1081. Download Article

  • Pyszczynski, T., Motyl, M., Vail, K., Hirschberger, G., Arndt, J., & Kesebir, P. (2012). Drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18, 354-368. Download Article

  • Open Science Collaboration. (2012). An open, large-scale, collaborative effort to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(6), 657-660.

  • Nosek, B. A., Spies, J. R., & Motyl, M. (2012). Scientific utopia II. Restructuring incentives and practices to promote truth over publishability. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 615-631. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., Hart, J., Pyszczynski, T., Weise, D., Cox, C., Maxfield, M., & Siedel, A. (2011). Subtle priming of shared human experiences eliminates threat-induced negativity toward Arabs, immigrants, and peace-making. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1179-1184. Download Article

  • Pyszczynski, T., Henthorn, C., & Motyl, M. (2010). Is Obama the Anti-Christ? Racial priming, extreme criticisms of Barack Obama, and attitudes toward the 2008 US presidential candidates. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 863-866. Download Article

  • Nosek, B. A., Graham, J., Lindner, N. M., Kesebir, S., Hawkins, C. B., Hahn, C., Schmidt, K., Motyl, M., Joy-Gaba, J., Frazier, R., & Tenney, E. R. (2010). Cumulative and career-stage citation impact of social-personality programs and their members. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1283-1300. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2010). The existential underpinnings of the cycle of terrorist and counterterrorist violence and pathways to peaceful resolutions. International Review of Social Psychology, 3, 267-291. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., Hart, J., & Pyszczynski, T. (2010). When animals attack: The effects of mortality salience, infrahumanization of violence, and authoritarianism on support for war. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 200-203. Download Article

  • Vail III, K. E., & Motyl, M. (2010). Support for diplomacy: Peacemaking and militarism as a unidimensional correlate of social, environmental, and political attitudes. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 16, 29-57. Download Article

  • Vail III, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Compassionate values and presidential politics: Mortality salience, compassionate values and support for Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 255-268. Download Article

  • Goldenberg, J.L., Heflick, N.A., Vaes, J., Motyl, M., & Greenberg, J. (2009). Of mice and men, and objectified women: Terror management as an explanatory framework for infrahumanization effects. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 1-14. Download Article

  • Motyl, M., Rothschild, Z., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). The cycle of violence and pathways to peace. Organisational Transformation and Social Change, 6, 153-170. Download Article

  • Vail, K. E., Motyl, M., Abdollahi, A., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Dying to live: Terrorism, war, and defending one's way of life. In D. Antonius, A. D. Brown, T. K. Walters, J. M. Ramirez, & S. J. Sinclair (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression (pp. 49-70). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Pyszczynski, T., Vail III, K. E., & Motyl, M. (2009). The cycle of righteous killing: Psychological forces in the prevention and promotion of peace. In T. Pick, A. Speckhard, & B. Jacuch (Eds.), Homegrown Terrorism: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Radicalisation among Groups with an Immigrant Heritage (pp. 227-243). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

  • Motyl, M., Vail III, K. E., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Waging terror: Psychological motivations in cultural violence and peacemaking. In M. Morgan and P. Zimbardo (Ed.), The Day That Changed Everything: The Impact of 9/11 (pp. 23-36). Boston, MA: Praeger/Greenwood Press. Read this chapter online

  • Pyszczynski, T., Motyl, M., & Abdollahi, A. (2009). Righteous violence: Killing for god, country, freedom, and justice. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 1, 12-39. Download Article

  • Pyszczynski, T., Rothschild, Z., Motyl, M., & Abdollahi, A. (2008). The cycle of righteous destruction: A terror management theory perspective on terrorist and counter-terrorist violence. In W. Stritzke, S. Lewandowsky, D. Denemark, J. Clare, & F. Morgan, & Claire (Eds.), Terrorism and torture: An interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 154-178). New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Greene, E., Dunaway, K., & Motyl, M. (2008). Shouldn't we consider? Jury discussions of forbidden topics and damage awards. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 14, 194-222. Download Article
  • Rothschild, Z., Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2007). Peace in the face of terror. Peace Psychology, 18, 18-20.

  • Motyl, M., & DeLamarter, W. (2006). From 9/11 to Katrina: Has there been an evolution in political preferences? Peace Psychology, 15, 18.