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Steven M. Samuels

Steven M. Samuels

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Teaching at the US Air Force Academy has given me a unique perspective on social psychology. All of my students will become lieutenants in the Air Force and very few will become social psychologists. Thus, I have focused my areas of research on applying social psychology, primarily in the areas of ethical behavior, pedagogy, and leadership, as well as investigating diversity and social justice. The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a specific area affected by a mix of scientific research, affect management, and ongoing discussion.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Journal Articles:

  • Hershenson, M., & Samuels, S. M. (1999). An airplane illusion: Apparent velocity determined by apparent distance. Perception, 28, 433-436. doi:10.1068/p2779
  • Katayama, A. D., Samuels, S. M., & Pryor, R. III. (2006). Regulating Learning with Student Constructed Study Guides. The Learning Assistance Review Journal, 11, 5-16.
  • Liberman, V., Samuels, S. M., & Ross, L. (2004). The name of the game: Predictive power of reputations vs. situational labels in determining Prisoner’s Dilemma game moves. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1175-1185. doi:10.1177/0146167204264004
  • Samuels S. M. & Casebeer W. D. (2005). A social psychological view of morality: why knowledge of situational influences on behaviour can improve character development practices. Journal of Moral Education, 34 (1), 73-87. doi:10.1080/03057240500049349
  • Samuels, S. M., Foster, C. A., & Lindsay, D. R. (2010). Freefall, self-efficacy, and leading in dangerous contexts. Military Psychology: Special Issue: Leadership in Military and Other Dangerous Contexts, 22 (1), S117-S136. doi: 10.1080/08995601003644379
  • Samuels, S. M. & Samuels, D. (2003). Reconstructing Culture: Privilege and Change at the United States Air Force Academy. Race, Gender, and Class: Special Edition on Privilege, 10 (4).
  • Samuels, S. M., Samuels, D. R. & Martínez, J. (2010). Privilege tag: Learning and transmitting the concept of privilege. Reflections: Special Edition on Issues of Privilege, 16, 88-98.
  • Samuels, S. M. and Gibb, R. W. (2002). Self-efficacy assessment and generalization in physical education courses. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32 (6), 1314-1327. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2002.tb01438.x
  • School Spirit Study Group. (2004). Measuring school spirit: A national teaching exercise. Teaching of Psychology, 31, 18-21. [This project was completed by a consortium of instructors at 20 colleges and universities.]

Other Publications:

  • Diekmann, K. A., Samuels, S. M., Ross, L., & Bazerman, M. H. (2005). Self-interest and fairness in problems of resource allocation: Allocators versus recipients. In Bazerman, M. H. (Ed.) Negotiation, Decision Making, and Conflict Management, Vol II. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Samuels, S. M. & Samuels, D. (2009). Privilege and cultural reform at the U.S. Air Force Academy. In A. L. Ferber, C. M. Jimenez, A. O’Reilly Herrera, & D. R. Samuels (Eds.) The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege. NY: McGraw-Hill
  • Samuels, S. M., & Samuels, D. R. (2010). Incorporating the concept of privilege into policy and practice: Guidance for leaders who strive to create sustainable change. In J. E. Parco, D. A. Levy, & F. R. Blass (Eds.) Attitudes aren’t free: Thinking deeply about diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces (pp. 321-341). Maxwell, AL: AU Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Behavioral Sciences &Leadership
  • Leadership Concepts and Applications
  • Negotiation
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Social Psychology

Steven M. Samuels
Dept. of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership
U.S. Air Force Academy HQ
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 6L101
USAF Academy, Colorado 80840
United States

  • Phone: (719) 333-2514
  • Fax: (719) 333-6711

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