Michael Gill


My core interest is in the psychology of blame. How is it possible to "civilize" people's blame reactions, reducing their impulse to respond in spiteful, vengeful, and potentially inhumane ways to the bad deeds of others?

Please visit my lab website for more details:

          Blame Lab (BLAB): http://blamelab-gill.blogspot.com

Selected Publications

Gill, M. J., & Cerce, S. C. (2017). He never willed to have the will he has: Historicist narratives,
     “civilized” blame, and the need to distinguish two notions of free will. Journal of Personality
      and Social Psychology, 112(3), 361-382.

Gill, M. J. & Getty, P. D. (2016). On shifting the blame to humanity: Historicist narratives
     regarding transgressors evoke compassion for the transgressor but disdain for humanity.
     British Journal of Social Psychology, 55(4), 773-791.

Gill, M. J. & Mendes, D. M. (2016). When the minority thinks "essentially" like the majority:
     Blacks distinguish bio-somatic from bio-behavioral essentialism in their conceptions of Whites,
     and only the latter predicts prejudice. PLOS ONE, 11(8), e0160086.

At: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0160086

Andreychik, M. R. & Gill, M. J. (2015). Do natural kind beliefs about social groups contribute to
     prejudice?: Distinguishing bio-somatic from bio-behavioral essentialism, and both of these
     from entitativity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18(4), 454-474.

Gill, M. J. & Andreychik, M. R. (2014). The Social Explanatory Style Questionnaire: Assessing
     moderators of basic social-cognitive phenomena including spontaneous trait inference,
     the Fundamental Attribution Error, and moral blame. PLOS ONE, 9(7), e100886.

At: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0100886

Gill, M. J., Andreychik, M. R., & Getty, P. D. (2013). More than a lack of control: External 
     explanations can evoke compassion for outgroups by increasing perceptions of
(independent of perceived control). Personality and Social Psychology
39(1), 73-87.

Gill, M. J., Packer, D. J., & Van Bavel, J. (2013). More to morality than mutualism: Consistent
      contributors exist and they can inspire costly generosity in others. [Commentary on
     Baumard et al., A Mutualistic Approach to Morality]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36(1), 90.

Moskowitz, G.B. & Gill, M.J. (2013). Interpersonal perception: From snap judgments to 
     the regulation of enduring relationships. In D. Reisberg (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of 
     Cognitive Psychology
. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Andreychik, M. R. & Gill, M. J. (2012). Do negative implicit associations indicate negative 
     attitudes?: Social explanations moderate whether ostensible "negative" associations
     are prejudice-based or empathy-based. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
     48, 1082-1093.
Andreychik, M. R . & Gill, M.J.  (2009). Ingroup identity moderates the impact of social 
     explanations on intergroup attitudes: External explanations are not inherently prosocial.
     Personality and Social  Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1632-1645.

Gill, M. J. & Andreychik, M. A. (2009). Getting emotional about explanations: Social
     explanations and social explanatory styles as bases of prosocial emotions and intergroup
     attitudes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3(6), 1038-1054.

Gill, M. J. & Andreychik, M. R. (2007). Explanation and intergroup emotion: Social
     explanations as a foundation of prejudice-related compunction. Group Processes
     and Intergroup Relations
[Special Issue on Intergroup Emotion], 10, 87-106.

Gill, M.J. (2004). When information does not deter stereotyping: Prescriptive stereotyping can bias
      judgments under conditions that  discourage descriptive stereotyping. Journal of Experimental
      Social Psychology
, 40(5), 619-632.

Gill, M. J. (2003). Biased against "them" more than "him": Stereotype use in group-directed  and
      individual-directed judgment. Social Cognition, 21(3), 321-348.


Lehigh University Psychology - Michael Gill
Associate Professor
340 Chandler-Ullmann Hall
UT-Austin, Ph.D. Psychology, 1998
UNC-Charlotte, B.A. Psychology, 1993

Teaching Interests: 

Psychology of Evil
Psychology of Morality
Prosocial Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination