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David A. Schroeder

David A. Schroeder

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My primary area of research interest at this time concerns behavior in social dilemma situations, and specifically justice and fairness concerns in these intriguing and ubiquitous situations of social conflict. My students and I are working to understand how those who have been harmed by defections of other group members react to these transgressions – when will they settle for compensatory justice, when will they seek retribution, and when do they want revenge. I also have a longstanding interest in prosocial behavior (see Dovidio, Piliavin, Schroeder, & Penner (2006). The social psychology of prosocial behavior. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.), and I see the development of informal procedural justice systems as being a facilitating factor for promoting greater cooperation in groups.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persuasion, Social Influence


Journal Articles:

  • Witte, T. H., Schroeder, D. A., & Lohr, J. M. (2006). Blame for intimate partner violence: An attributional analysis. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25(6), 647-667.
  • Penner, L. A., Dovidio, J. F., Piliavin, J. A., & Schroeder, D. A. (2005). Prosocial behavior: A multilevel approach. Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 365-392.
  • Schroeder, D. A., Steel, J. E., Woodell, A. J., & Bembenek, A. F. (2003). Justice in social dilemmas. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 374-387.
  • Sibicky, M. E., Schroeder, D. A., & Dovidio, J. F. (1995). Empathy and helping: Considering the consequences of intervention. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 16, 435-453.
  • Dovidio, J. F., Allen, J. L., & Schroeder, D. A. (1990). Specificity of empathy-induced helping: Evidence for altruistic motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59, 249-260.
  • Schroeder, D. A., Dovidio, J. F., Matthews, L. L., Sibicky, M. E., & Allen, J. L. (1988). The motivation for helping: Egoism or altruism? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 24, 333-353.
  • Allen, J. L., Walker, L. D., Schroeder, D. A., & Johnson, D. E. (1987). Attributions and attribution-behavior relations: The effect of level of cognitive development. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 1099-1109.

Other Publications:

  • Schroeder, D. A., Steel. J. E., Bembenek, A. F., Woodell, A. J., & Kinsey, K. (2008). A recursive model for changing justice concerns in social dilemmas. In A. Biel, D. Eek, T. Garling, & M. Gustafson (Eds.), New Issues and Paradigms in Research on Social Dilemmas.
  • Penner, L. A., Dovidio, J. F, & Schroeder, D. A. (2003). Managing the department chair. In J. M. Darley, M. P. Zanna, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), The compleat academic: A practical guide for the beginning social scientist (2nd ed., pp. 259-276). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Seminar: Cooperation, Competition, and Collective Action

David A. Schroeder
Department of Psychology
216 Memorial Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

  • Phone: (479) 575-4256
  • Fax: (479) 575-3219

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