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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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Joe 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. 

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 upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election and the perceived legitimacy of the outcome. 



POL 561: Dynamics of Public Opinion