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John Levine

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Small group processes -- team performance, newcomer innovation, reaction to deviance
  • Learning in social contexts
  • Social support in online groups

Levine, J. M. (in press). Member differentiation and group tasks: More than meets the eye. [Commentary on “Are groups more or less than the sum of their members? The moderating role of individual identification," by R. F. Baumeister, S. E. Ainsworth, & K. D.]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Pinto, I. R., Marques, J. M., Levine, J. M., & Abrams, D. (in press). Membership role and subjective group dynamics: Impact on evaluative intragroup differentiation and commitment to prescriptive norms. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Levine, J. M., & Marques, J. M. (in press). Norm violators as threats and opportunities: The many faces of deviance in groups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Dutcher, J. M., Creswell, J. D., Pacilio, L. E., Harris, P. R., Klein, W. M. P., Levine, J. M., Bower, J. E., Muscatell, K. A., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2016). Self-affirmation activates the ventral striatum: A possible reward-related mechanism for self-affirmation. Psychological Science, 27, 455-466.

Levine, J. M., Alexander, K. M., Wright, A. G. C., & Higgins, E. T. (2016). Group brainstorming: When regulatory nonfit enhances performance. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19, 257-271.

Wang, Y-C, Kraut, R. E., & Levine, J. M. (2015). Eliciting and receiving online support: Using computer-aided content analysis to examine the dynamics of online social support. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(4): e99.

Fairbairn, C. E., Sayette, M. A., Wright, A. G. C., Levine, J. M., Cohn, J. F., & Creswell, K. G. (2015) Extraversion and the rewarding effects of alcohol in a social context. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Levine, J. M., & Tindale, R. S. (2015). Social influence in groups. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), APA Handbook of personality and social psychology (Vol. 2: Group processes; J. F. Dovidio & J. A. Simpson, Assoc. Eds.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vlahovic, T. A., Wang, Y-C, Kraut, R. E., & Levine, J. M. (2014). Support matching and satisfaction in an online breast cancer support community. CHI 2014: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1625-1634). New York: ACM Press. (Winner of CHI Honorable Mention Award.)

Funder, D. C., Levine, J. M., Mackie, D. M., Morf, C. C., Vazire, S., & West, S. G. (2014). Improving the dependability of research in personality and social psychology: Recommendations for research and educational practice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 3-12.

Harris, P. R., Brearley, I. Sheeran, P., Barker, M., Klein, W. M. P., Creswell, J. D., Levine, J. M., & Bond, R. (2014). Combining self-affirmation with implementation intentions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. Health Psychology, 33, 729-736.

Levine, J. M., & Prislin, R. (2013). Majority and minority influence. In J. M. Levine (Ed.), Group processes (pp. 135-163). New York: Psychology Press.

Creswell, J. D., Dutcher, J. M., Klein, W. M. P., Harris, P. R., & Levine, J. M. (2013). Self-Affirmation Improves Problem-Solving Under Stress. PLoS ONE 8(5).

Levine, J. M., & Smith, E. (2013). Group cognition: Collective information search and distribution. In D. Carlston (Ed.), Oxford handbook of social cognition (pp. 616-633). New York: Oxford University Press.

Fairbairn, C. E., Sayette, M. A., Levine, J. M., Cohn, J. F., & Creswell, K. G. (2013). The effects of alcohol on the emotional displays of Whites in interracial groups. Emotion, 13, 468-477.

Levine, J. M., & Moreland, R. L. (2012). A history of small group research. In A. W. Kruglanski & W. Stroebe (Eds.), Handbook of the history of social psychology (pp 383-406). New York: Psychology Press.

Sayette, M. A., Dimoff, J. D., Levine, J. M. Moreland, R. L., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2012). The effects of alcohol and dosage-set on risk-seeking behavior in groups and individuals. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 194-200.

Abrams, D., & Levine, J. M. (2012). Norm formation: Revisiting Sherif's autokinetic illusion study. In J. R. Smith & S. A. Haslam (Eds.), Social psychology: Revisiting the classic studies, (pp. 57-75). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sayette, M. A., Creswell, K. G., Dimoff, J. D., Fairbairn, C. E., Cohn, J. F., Heckman, B. W., Kirchner, T. R., Levine, J. M., & Moreland, R. L. (2012). Alcohol and group formation: A multimodal investigation of the effects of alcohol on emotion and social bonding. Psychological Science, 23, 869-878.

Levine, J. M., & Choi, H.-S. (2011). Minority influence in interacting groups: The impact of newcomers. In J. Jetten & M. Hornsey (Eds.), Rebels in groups: Dissent, deviance, difference, and defiance (pp. 73-92). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Pinto, I. R., Marques, J. M., Levine, J. M., & Abrams, D. (2010). Membership status and subjective group dynamics: Who triggers the Black Sheep Effect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(1), 107-119.

Levine, J. M., Alexander, K., & Hansen, T. (2010). Self-control in groups. In R. Hassin, K. N. Ochsner, & Y. Trope (Eds.), Self control in society, mind, and brain (pp. 449-472). New York: Oxford University Press.

Levine, J. M., & Choi, H.-S. (2010). Newcomers as change agents: Minority influence in task groups. In R. Martin & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Minority influence and innovation: Antecedents, processes, and consequences (pp. 229-262). New York: Psychology Press.

Mannetti, L., Levine, J. M., Pierro, A., & Kruglanski, A. (2010). Group reaction to defection: The impact of shared reality. Social Cognition, 28, 447-464.

Moreland, R. L., & Levine, J. M. (2009). Building bridges to improve theory and research on small groups. In E. Salas, J. Goodwin, & C. S. Burke (Eds.), Team effectiveness in complex organizations and systems: Cross-disciplinary perspectives and approaches (pp. 17-38). New York: Psychology Press.

Senior Scientist John Levine, Professor in Psychology and Senior Scientist, has been awarded the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lausanne.

June 20, 2016

John Levine named co-recipient of the 2011 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups

July 2011

INGRoup (The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research)


Honorary Professor of Psychology

2006 -

University of Kent