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Joseph Vitriol

Joseph Vitriol

Senior Researcher

PhD, University of Minnesota

S-713, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Department of Political Science
4392 SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

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  • Biography


    Joseph A. Vitriol is a Senior Researcher in the Political Science Department at Stony Brook University. He  was formerly a College Fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Lehigh University. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

  • Research


    Dr. Vitriol's teaching and research interests include a range of topics in social, legal, and political psychology, such as (a) political misinformation, belief, and behavior, (b) ideology and systems of mass belief, (c) social cognition and the psychology of attitudes, (d) science communication and bias education; and (e) eyewitness evidence, policing, and legal decision-making. He is currently working on projects examining the psychology of political misinformation and misperceptions, the effectiveness of anti-bias training with police, and the effect of COVID-19 on political ideology and behavior. His major focus is on conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 US Presidential Election and the perceived legitimacy of the outcome.

  • Publications

    Recent Publications

    Ludeke, S.G., Vitriol, J.A. , Larsen, E.G., Gensowski, M. (2021). Personality in a pandemic: Social norms moderate associations between personality and social distancing behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences 177, 110828

    Vitriol, J.A., C.M., O'Shea, B.A., & J Appleby, Williams, A.L. (2021). Exposure and Aversion to Human Transmissible Diseases Predict Conservative Ideological and Partisan Preferences. Political Psychology

    Vitriol, J.A. , Borgida, E., Lavine, H. (2020). Meta-cognition and resistance to persuasion in the 2012 presidential election. Social Influence , 15(1),

    Vitriol, J.A., Larsen, E.G., & Ludeke, S.G. (2019). The generalizability of personality effects in politics. European Journal of Personality , 33 (6), 629-701.  

    Vitriol, J.A. , Reifen Tagar, M., Federico, C.M., & Sawicki, V. (2019). Ideological uncertainty and investment of the self in politics. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 82 , 85-97.

    Vitriol, J.A., Appleby, J., Borgida, E. (2019). Racial bias increases false identification of black faces in simultaneous lineups. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(6), 722-734.

    Vitriol, J.A., & Marsh, J. (2018). The illusion of explanatory depth and endorsement of conspiracy beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (7), 955-969.

    Federico, C.M., Williams, A., & Vitriol, J.A. (2018). The role of system identity threat in conspiracy theory endorsement. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (7), 927-938.

  • Teaching


    Undergraduate: Next Offered: Fall 2021
    POL 349: Social Psychology and Law  POL 349: Social Psychology and Law 
    POL 561: Dynamics of Public Opinion  
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