Diane Mackie

Diane Mackie


Research Area

Social Psychology


After receiving her BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Diane Mackie worked as a research assistant for a year at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She received her MA and PhD in Social Psychology from Princeton University in 1984 and was hired by UCSB in the same year. The author of more than 100 articles and chapters on social influence and intergroup relations, Dr. Mackie is also co-author (with Eliot Smith, Indiana University) of an introductory social psychology textbook, Social Psychology (3rd Edition, 2007) co-editor (with David Hamilton) of Affect, Cognition, and Stereotyping: Interactive Processes in Group Perception (1993); and Beyond Prejudice: Differentiated Reactions to Social Groups (2002; with Eliot Smith). A fellow of APS and SPISSI, she has served on the Editorial boards of most major social psychology journals, and has served as Associate Editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. She includes among her professional honors being named the Western Psychological Association Outstanding Researcher Award in 1992; the Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in 2000, and the winner of the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Award, from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, in 1998.


Diane Mackie's research spans two distinctly different domains: intergroup relations (focusing on the affective, cognitive, and motivational processes by which group memberships influence people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior) and social influence (focusing on the affective, cognitive, and motivational processes by which peoples' attitudes and behavior are changed). Ongoing work in her lab includes, for example, funded projects on the nature of social emotions and their role in prejudice and discrimination; the role of culture and ingroup identification in generating group emotions, justifying ingroup actions, and explaining outgroup derogation; the role of familiarity, affect, and emotion in persuasion; the impact of prior exposure to persuasive appeals or sources on attitude change; and the antecedents and consequences of forming implicit and explicit attitudes about social groups.

Selected Publications

Mackie, D.M., Maitner, A.T., & Smith, E.R. (2009). Intergroup Emotion Theory. In T.D. Nelson (Ed.) Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination (pp. 285-308). New York: Psychology Press.

Garcia-Marques, T., Mackie, D. M., Claypool, H. M., & Garcia-Marques, L. (2010). Is it familiar or positive? Mutual facilitation of response latencies. Social Cognition28, 205-218.

Mackie, D.M., & Smith, E.R. (1998). Intergroup Relations: Insights from a theoretically integrative approach. Psychological Review105, 499-529.

Garcia-Marques, T., Mackie, D.M., Claypool, H. M., & Garcia-Marques,L. (2004). Positivity can cue familiarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin30, 585-593.

Rydell, R. J., McConnell, A. R., Mackie, D. M., & Strain, L. M. (2006). Of two minds: Forming and changing valence-inconsistent implicit and explicit attitudes. Psychological Science17, 954-958.

Smith, E.R., Seger, C. R., & Mackie, D.M. (2007). Can emotions be truly group level? Evidence for four conceptual criteria. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology93, 431-446.

Ray, D.G., Mackie, D.M., Rydell, R.J., Smith, E.R. (2008). Changing categorization of self can change emotions about outgroups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology44, 1210-1213.

Mackie, D.M., Smith, E.R. & Ray, D.G. (2008). Intergroup emotions and intergroup relations. Personality and Social Psychology Compass2, 1866-1880.

Moons, W. G., Mackie, D. M., Garcia-Marques, T. (2009). The impact of repetition-induced familiarity on agreement with weak and strong arguments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology96, 32-44.