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Eric Wesselmann

Assistant Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • PSY 390.Sec 019 Advanced Research Apprenticeship
  • PSY 599.Sec 019 Doctoral Research In Psychology
  • PSY 499.Sec 019 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • PSY 287.Sec 019 Independent Study
  • PSY 400.Sec 019 Independent Study
  • PSY 111.Sec 005 Introduction To Psychology
  • PSY 223.Sec 001 Social Psychology
  • PSY 290.Sec 019 Special Projects:Research Apprenticeship
  • PSY 291.Sec 019 Special Projects:Undergraduate Teaching
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Social Psychology Research Methods Psychology & Film
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Social Influence Ostracism/Exclusion Stigma Religion/Spirituality
  • Ph D Personality/Social Psychology / Research Methods & Statistics - 2011
  • Purdue University
  • MA Industrial-Organizational/Social Psychology - 2005
  • Illinois State University
  • BA Psychology - 2003
  • Illinois State University
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Lobato, E. J. C., & Jordan, J. S. (in press). Balancing the warrior and the peace ambassador: Self-concepts and moral complexity. In T. Langley & M. Wood (Eds.), Wonder Woman psychology: Lassoing the truth. New York, NY: Sterling.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Grzybowski, M. R., Steakley-Freeman, D. M., DeSouza, E. R., Nezlek. J. B., & Williams. K. D. (2016). Social exclusion in everyday life. In P. Riva & J. Eck (Eds.) Social Exclusion: Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Reducing Its Impact (pp. 3-23). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Hales, A. H., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2016). Prayer, self-affirmation, and distraction improve recovery from short-term ostracism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 64, 8-20.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. & Jordan, J. S. (2016). Wild heroes: The hard work of being “moral.” In T. Langley (Ed.), Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology (pp. 111-123). New York, NY: Sterling.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2016). Social exclusion, ostracism, and rejection research: Where do we go from here? In K. D. Williams & S. A. Nida (Eds.), Ostracism, Social Exclusion, and Rejection (pp. 273-289). NY: Psychology Press.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., VanderDrift, L. E., & Agnew, C. R. (2016). Religious commitment: An interdependence approach. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8, 35-45.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Kassner, M. P., & Graziano, W. G. (2016). Personality’s top 40: An assignment to motivate students to apply personality concepts to their favorite songs. Teaching of Psychology, 43, 159-163.
  • Barelka, A., Wesselman, E. D. & Bobko, P. (2016). Understanding the antecedents of suspicion in cyber environments: An experiment using Cyberball to induce state suspicion [Technical Report]. Illinois State University, Normal, IL, July, 2016.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Ren, D., & Williams, K. D. (in press). Ostracism and aggression. In B. J. Bushman (Ed.), Frontiers of Social Psychology Series: Aggression and Violence. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
  • Nezlek, J. B., Wesselmann, E. D., Wheeler, L., & Williams, K. D. (2015). Ostracism in everyday life: The effects of ostracism on those who ostracize. The Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 432-451.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Pryor, J. B., Reeder, G. D., & Williams, K. D. (2015). The role of burden and deviation in ostracizing others. The Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 483-496.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D. M., Jarvis-Creasey, Z., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015). "What's eating the Internet": Content and perceived harm of pro-eating disorder websites. Eating Behaviors, 19, 139-143.
  • Jordan, J. S., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015). The contextually grounded nature of prosocial behavior: A multi-scale, embodied approach to morality. In W. G. Graziano & D. Schroeder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of prosocial behavior (pp. 153-165). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Hales, A. H., Ren, D., & Williams, K. D. (2015). Ostracism threatens personal security: A temporal need threat framework. In P. Carroll, R. Arkin, & A. Wichman (Eds.), Handbook of personal security (pp. 191-206). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Wirth, J. H. (Guest editors). (2015). Investigating how individuals feel ostracizing others. The Journal of Social Psychology, 155 (5).
  • Ren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2016). Evidence for another response to ostracism: Solitude seeking. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 7, 204-212.
  • Tscherer, T., Sacco, D. F., Wirth, J. H., Claypool, H. M., Hugenberg, K., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015). Responses to exclusion are moderated by its perceived fairness. European Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2152.
  • Parris, L., & Wesselmann, E. D. (in press). Ending the bullying: The power of bystanders. In T. Langley (Ed.), Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier. New York, NY: Sterling.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Jordan, J. S. (in press). The trek through identity. In T. Langley (Ed.), Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier. New York, NY: Sterling.
  • Wirth, J. H., Bernstein, M. J., Wesselmann, E. D., & LeRoy, A. (2015). Social cues establish expectations of rejection and affect the response to being rejected. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. doi: 10.1177/1368430215596073.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & DeSouza, E. R. (Guest editors). (2015). Bringing the psychology of religion and spirituality into community psychology. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 43, 163-164.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Day, M., Graziano, W. G., & Doherty, E. (2015). Religious beliefs about mental illness influence social support preferences. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 43, 165-174.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Ren, D., & Williams, K. D. (2015). Motivations for Responses to Ostracism. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 40. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00040
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., Ren, D., & Hales, A. H. (2014). Ostracism and solitude. In R. J. Coplan & J. Bowker (Eds.), A handbook of solitude: Psychological perspectives on social isolation, social withdrawal, and being alone (pp. 224-241). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Wirth, J. H. (2014). Ostracizing group members who can (or cannot) control being burdensome. Human Ethology Bulletin, 29, 82-103.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., Pryor, J. B., Eichler, F. A., Gill, D. M., & Hogue, J. D. (2014). Revisiting Schachter’s research on rejection, deviance, and communication (1951). Social Psychology, 45, 164-169.
  • Riva, P., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Carter-Sowell, A. R., & Williams, K. D. (2014). When pain does not heal: The common antecedents and consequences of chronic social and physical pain. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 329-346.
  • Arriaga, X. B., Capezza, N. M., Reed, J. T., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2014). With partners like you, who needs strangers? Ostracism involving a romantic partner. Personal Relationships, 21, 557-569.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2013). Ostracism and stages of coping. In C. N. DeWall (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of social exclusion (pp. 20-30). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2013). A commentary on “Cyberball: A reasonable paradigm for studying ostracism in developmental science?” International Journal of Developmental Science, 7, 57-63.
  • Ren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2013). Interdependent self‐construal moderates coping with (but not the initial pain of) ostracism. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16, 320-326.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Ren, D., Swim, E., & Williams, K. D. (2013). Rumination hinders recovery from ostracism. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7, 33-39.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Hales, A. H. (2013). Vicarious ostracism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00153.
  • Leja, A. M., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2013). Invisible youth: Understanding Ostracism in Our Schools. Communique. 42 (4), pp. 1, 6.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Cardoso, F., Slater, S., & Williams, K. D. (2012). “To be looked at as though air”: Civil attention matters. Psychological Science, 23, 166-168.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Nairne, J. S., & Williams, K. D. (2012). An evolutionary social psychological approach to studying the effects of ostracism. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6, 308-327.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Mroczek, D. K., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Dial a feeling: Detecting moderation of affect decline during ostracism. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 580–586.
  • Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P., Wesselmann, E. D., Zarit, S., & Birditt, K. S. (2012). Helicopter parents and landing pad kids: Intense parental support of grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 880-896.
  • Nezlek, J. B., Wesselmann, E. D., Wheeler, L., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Ostracism in everyday life. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 16, 91-104.
  • Kassner, M. P., Wesselmann, E. D., Law, A. T., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Virtually ostracized: Studying ostracism in Immersive Virtual Environments. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 399-403.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2011). Ostracism in Cyberspace: Being ignored and excluded on the Internet. In Z. Birchmeier, B. Dietz-Uhler, and G. Stasser, (Eds.), Strategic uses of social technology: An interactive perspective of social psychology (pp. 127-144). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Williams, K. D., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2011). The link between ostracism and aggression. In J. P. Forgas, A. W. Kruglanski, and K. D. Williams, (Eds.), The psychology of social conflict and aggression (37-51). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Pryor, J. B., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2010). Likelihood to Sexually Harass scale. In T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber, & S. L. Davis (Eds.), Handbook of sexually-related measures (3rd ed.) (pp. 328-330). New York: Routledge.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Butler, F. A., Williams, K. D., & Pickett, C. L. (2010). Adding injury to insult: Unexpected rejection leads to more aggressive responses. Aggressive Behavior, 36, 232-237.
  • Carter-Sowell, A. R., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Law, A. T., Chen, Z., Kosasih, M., van der Lee, R., & Williams, K. D. (2010). Belonging trumps justice: Effects of being ostracized for being better or worse than the others. Journal of Individual Psychology, 66, 68-92.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Kelly, J. R. (2010). Cat-calls and culpability: Investigating the frequency and functions of stranger harassment. Sex Roles, 63, 451-462.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Graziano, W. G. (2010). Sinful and/or possessed? Religious beliefs and mental illness stigma. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 402-437.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2010). The potential balm of religion and spirituality for recovering from ostracism. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 7, 29-45.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Bagg, D., & Williams, K. D. (2009). “I feel your pain”: The effects of observing ostracism on the ostracism detection system. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1308-1311.
  • Williams, K. D., Chen, Z., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2007). Social compensation. In R. F. Baumeister and K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Vol. 2, pp. 889-891.
  • Williams, K. D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Chen, Z. (2007). Social exclusion. In R. F. Baumeister and K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Vol. 2, pp. 896-897.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2017, May). Investigating diverse types of social exclusion in daily life. Presentation at the meeting for the upcoming Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.
  • Van Tongeren, D., Van Cappellen, P, & Wesselmann, E. D. (2017, January). Pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality for the upcoming meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • DeSouza, E. R., Wesselmann, E. D., & Parris, L. (2016, October). Bullying and other subtle forms of discrimination: Social exclusion and racial microaggressions. Presentation at the ISU Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference: Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression, Normal, IL.
  • Jordan, J. S., McBride, W., Parris, L., Rivadeneyra, R., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, October). Why stories matter. Panel presentation at the ISU Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference: Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression, Normal, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, October). Digital discourse and civil society. Invited panelist for the Lewis College Roundtable discussion at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, August). Captain America vs Iron Man: Freedom, security, psychology. Panel discussion at Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention, Rosemont, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, August). From Star Trek to Star Wars: The good, the bad, and the scruffy. Panel discussion at Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention, Rosemont, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, August). Horror entertainment: Vampires and zombies and weres, oh my! What really scared you? Panel discussion at Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention, Rosemont, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, July). A terror management theory approach to slasher films. Presentation at the meeting for International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, July). Heroes and moral boarders: “Which side are you on?” Invited presentation at the meeting for International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, May). Burden, deviation, and ostracizing others. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., & Grahe, J. E. (organizers). (2016, May). Investigating how individuals feel ostracizing or excluding others. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Green, E. A., Steakley-Freeman, D. M., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, May). Religious beliefs about mental illness and perceived social support. Poster at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, March). Social exclusion in everyday life. Invited presentation at the I/O-Social Area Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Reider, M. H. (2016, January). Creating a Workplace Climate to Improve Employee Self-Worth and Organizational Success. Presentation at the Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association annual meeting, Peoria, IL.
  • McBride, W., Valentin, R., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, January). Connecting the dots: 3 years on teaching an online film course & textbook. Panel presentation at the Illinois State University CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium.
  • Zobell, C. J. & Wesselmann, E. D. (2016, January). Thinking critically about statistics in media. Presentation at the Illinois State University CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium.
  • Van Tongeren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., Cohen, A., Rowatt, W. C., & Van Cappellen, P. (organizers). (2016, January). Pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality for the meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, October). Investigating direct and subtle forms of ostracism and other types of social pain. Invited presentation at the Fall Departmental Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
  • Cialdella, V. T., Wesselmann, E. D., & Jordan, J. S. (2015, July). Ostracism and false memory. Presentation at the Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Jordan, J. S. & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, July). The 'self' as embodied others: Implications for the moral aspects of joint action. Presentation at the Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Whitlock, J., (2015, May). Assessing clinical complexity: Preliminary evidence for cognitive-behavioral network prediction of suicidal ideation. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May) Detecting minimal cues of social pain. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
  • Caputo, S. E., Steakley-Freeman, D., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May). Differential predictive validity of valenced language use in suicide and non-suicidal self-injury. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
  • Taylor, J. S., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hesson-McInnis, M. S. (2015, May). A preliminary investigation on the psychology of fandom. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Green, E. A., Real, M., Rowzee, J., Gryzbowski, M., Steakley-Freeman, D. M., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May). Does ostracism prime a survival mindset? Poster presented at the Psi Chi session of the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Eichler, F. A., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hesson-McInnis, M. S. (2015, May). Generating a multi-group moderated model to predict romantic commitment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May). Horror films and mortality salience. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May). Investigating direct and subtle forms of ostracism and other types of social pain. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Kundtz, S. M., Maurer, T. D., Gabka, K. A., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, May). Investigating environmental commitment among college students. Poster presented at the Psi Chi session of the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Stucki, S. M., Wesselmann, E. D., & Steakley-Freeman, D. M. (2015, May). Ostracism by potential romantic partners and mating goals. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Clinton, J. A., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2015, May). The psychology of stories. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Kruger, D. J., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2015, May). Understanding human psychology and behavior through evolutionary life history theory. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Palmer, C. L., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2015, May). The psychology of political information processing and decision-making. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (Discussant) (2015, May). Religious community ministers: A profile of men of social action. (Ferrari, J. R; Symposium organizer). Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hogue, J. D., Eichler, F. A., Gill, D., Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Pryor, J. B. (2015, April). "It's us against the world": Liking and rejecting a deviate group member. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Taylor, J. S., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hesson-McInnis, M. S. (2015, April). A preliminary investigation on the psychology of fandom. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Whitlock, J. (2015, April). Assessing clinical complexity: Preliminary evidence for cognitive-behavioral network prediction of suicidal ideation. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Oglesby, R., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hesson-McInnis, M. S. (2015, April). Can non-haptic manipulation of temperature influence the same emotions as ostracism? Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Caputo, S., Steakley-Freeman, D., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). Differential predictive validity of valenced language use in suicide and non-social self-injury. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Gabka, K., Jones, H., Tuggle, R., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). Do religious individuals perceive unanswered prayers as being ostracized by God? Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Green, E., Real, M., Rowzee, J., Steakley-Freeman, D., & Grzybowski, M. (2015, April). Does ostracism prime a survival mindset? Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Ferdon, K., Poirot, K., Neitzel, A., Lucas-Nehei, J., & Reiher, J. (2015, April). Ego depletion and effects on parole decision-making. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Strojewska, A., Hayes, S., Archos, H., Jones, H., & Steakely-Freeman, D. (2015, April). Exploring arousal-congruent memory. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Grzybowski, M., Stucki, S., Steakley-Freeman, D., Koppenhoefer, S., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). Exploring the links between ostracism and survival. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Real, M., Steakely-Freeman, D., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). On confronting a substance user: Revisiting the role of stigma consciousness on basic need satisfaction. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Cialdella, V., Jordan, J. S., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). Ostracism and cognitive control. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Stucki, S., Wesselmann, E. D., & Steakley-Freeman, D. (2015, April). Ostracism by potential romantic partners and mating goals. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Kundtz, S., Maurer, T., Gabka, K., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, April). Priming commitment to the environment and its implications. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Zobell, C. J., Richardson, Z., Klieme, K. E., Matheys, M., & Roman, Z. (2015, April). Smart cars: An ethical dilemma. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Perez, K., Wesselmann, E. D., & Eichler, F. A. (2015, April). The effects of loneliness at work and the moderating effect of workplace spirituality. Presentation at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Normal, IL.
  • Cohen, A., Rowatt, W. C., Van Tongeren, D., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2015, February). Pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality for the meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Hogue, J. D., Eichler, F. A., Gill, D., Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Pryor, J. B. (2015, February). "It's us against the world": Liking and rejecting a deviate group member. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Ren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2015, February). Escape from ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Grzybowski, M., Stucki, S., Steakley-Freeman, D., Koppenhoefer, S., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, February). Exploring the links between ostracism and survival. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D. M., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, February). Testing the validity of the Inclusion of Problem in Self scale. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Steakley-Freeman, D. M., & Eichler, F. A. (2014, November). The effects of religious beliefs on social support for persons with mental illness. Presentation at the meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (organizer). (2014, November). Understanding the links between religion and pro-social behavior. Symposium at the meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, July). Manipulating Commitment to the Natural Environment. Informal Paper Presentation at the meeting for the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Columbus, OH.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, July). Recent research on the detection of, reaction to, and coping with ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the European Association for Social Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, July). Understanding ostracism: A social psychological study of being ignored and excluded. Invited presentation at the Work and Social Psychology Sequence Colloquium, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
  • Czesak, A., Wesselmann, E., Parris, L. (May 2014). A preliminary investigation into bullying among college students." Poster presented at the ISU Student Research Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. 

  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, May). “Social Death”: Ostracism makes survival relevant. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D. M., Jarvis-Creasy, Z., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, May). Examining the accessibility, content, and perceived harm of pro-eating disorder websites. Presentation at the meeting for the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & DeSouza, E. R. (organizers). (2014, May). Brining the psychology of religion & spirituality into community psychology. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Kruger, D. J., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2014, May). Evolutionary approaches to psychological questions. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Cayer, J. R., Pryor, J. B., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, May). Ironic effects of stigmatizing tobacco smoking. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Eichler, F. A., Hogue, J. D., Gill, D., Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Pryor, J. B. (2014, May). Mutual deviance: Liking individuals with similar unfavorable opinions within groups. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • LeFever, C. D., Earl, J. M., Pryor, J. B., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, May). Priming magical thinking and reactions to stigmas. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D. M., Wesselmann, E. D., & Wooten, T. J. (2014, May). Self-disclosure, ostracism, and help-seeking in participants withholding a stigmatizing secret. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D. M., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, May). Socialism or modern (symbolic) racism? An administration under siege. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Palmer, C. L., & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2014, May). What can psychology say about politics? Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Leja, A. M., Landau, S., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, February) Teen girls’ behavioral responses to being left out of a game. Presentation at the meeting of the National Association for School Psychologists, Washington, DC.
  • Rowatt, W. C. & Wesselmann, E. D. (organizers). (2014, February). Pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality for the meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • Steakley-Freeman, D., Eichler, F. A., Wesselmann, E. D., Kebert, M., & Graziano, W. G. (2014, February). Christian beliefs about mental illness and social support. Presentation at the upcoming meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • Eichler, F. A., Wesselmann, E. D., & Hesson-McInnis, M. (2014, February). Committing to a long distance relationship: New findings on the role of emotional affect and preferences for frequent sex. Presentation at the meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • Gabrielson, M., Jadallah, M., McBride, W., Valentin, R., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2014, January). Online course showcase: Faculty accomplishments from Design a Quality Online Course 2013. Panel presentation at the Illinois State University CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, November). Recent research on the detection of, reaction to, and copying with ostracism. Invited presentation at the Experimental Psychology Sequence Colloquium, Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, August). Ostracizing group members who are (or are not) responsible for being burdensome. Presentation at the International Society for Human Ethology Summer Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Drazewski, P. S., Pryor, J., & Wesselmann, E. (2013, May). Are tattoos stigmatizing? Implicit and explicit attitudes towards tattooed individuals. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, May) Disgust facilitates punitive ostracism in groups. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Kruger, D. J. (organizers). (2013, May). Evolutionary approaches to psychological questions. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hales, A., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2013, May). Prayer and self-affirmation help with ostracism recovery. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Kassner, M. P., Wesselmann, E. D., & Graziano, W. G. (2013, May). Chart-toppers: Participation in a psychology-themed music contest increases course performance. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, March). Ostracism as strategic social influence. Invited presentation at the meeting for the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, March). The psychology of horror films. Invited presentation at the Purdue University Romania Study Abroad Program.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, February). A social psychological study of ostracism. Invited presentation to Jesse Lee Preston’s research lab, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  • Rowatt, W. C., Wesselmann, E. D., Newton, T., Ladd, K., LaBouff, J., Haggard, M., & Kang, L. (organizers). (2013, January). Pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality for the meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, January). The dynamics of religious commitment. Presentation at the Psychology of Religion-Spirituality pre-conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2013, January). Does responsibility influence ostracism of burdensome group members? Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Kassner, M. P., & Graziano, W. G. (2013, January). Personality’s top 40: An assignment to motivate students to apply personality concepts to their favorite songs. Presentation at the Illinois State University CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2012, November). Preliminary investigations into chronic ostracism. Invited presentation to Kipling Williams’s research lab, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Hollich, G., LeBreton, B., Wesselmann, E. D., & VanderDrift. L. E. (2012, May). Benefits of hybrid course revision for introductory psychology. Presentation at the meeting for the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Ren, D., Hales, A., & Williams, K. D. (2012, May). Advances in ostracism research: Detection, reaction, and coping. Presentation at the meeting for the Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (organizer). (2012, May). New frontiers in understanding the effects of exclusion, ostracism, and isolation. Symposium at the meeting for the Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2012, May). Using ostracism to motivate burdensome group members to rehabilitate. Presentation at the meeting for the Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., & Williams, K. D. (2012, May). Ostracism as a weapon of social influence. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Kebert, M. K., Wesselmann, E. D., Graziano, W. G., Doherty, E. (2012, May). Religious beliefs about mental illness influence social support. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., Swim, E., & Williams, K. D. (2012, May). Rumination impairs recovery from ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (organizer). (2012, May). The psychology of supernatural thinking. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2012, March). Alone but with a prayer: How prayer can facilitate recovery from social ostracism. Presentation at the New Directions in the Study of Prayer Finalists’ Symposium, New York, NY.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., VanderDrift, L. E., & Agnew, C. R. (2012, January). Studying change in religious commitment over time? Presentation at the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Pre-Conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Ren, D., Swim, E., & Williams, K. D. (2012, January). Does rumination influence recovery from ostracism? Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Ren, D., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2012, January). Interdependent self-construal moderates coping with ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Pease, H. A., Wirth, J. H., Wesselmann, E. D., Bernstein, M. J., & Williams, K. D. (2012, January). Preparing for the worst: The benefits of expecting rejection. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2011, November). Strategic uses of ostracism in groups. Presentation at the meeting for the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Johnson City, TN.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Graziano, W. G., & Doherty, E. (2011, October). Religious beliefs and mental illness stigma. Presentation at the upcoming meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Religious Research Association, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (2011, October). Ostracism as a form of social control. Informal presentation at the upcoming meeting for the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Washington, DC.
  • Riva, P., Wirth, J. H., Wesselmann, E. D., Carter-Sowell, A. R., & Williams, K. D. (2011, July). Antecedents and consequences of social and physical pain. Presentation at the meeting for the European Association of Social Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Wirth, J. H., Wesselmann, E. D., & Williams, K. D. (2011, May). “Ouch, that hurts”: The evolutionarily adaptive response to ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the American Psychological Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., VanderDrift, L. E., & Agnew, C. R. (2011, May). Conceptualizing, measuring, and manipulating religious commitment using interdependence theory. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D. (organizer). (2011, May). Diverse perspectives on the psychology of religion, spirituality, and supernatural thinking. Symposium at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ekanayake, V. K., Wesselmann, E. D., & Graziano, W.G. (2011, May). Impression formation and stigmatization of others. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Cardoso, F. D., Slater, S., & Williams, K. D. (2011, May). Just a glance helps us feel connected. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Pease, H. A., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Bernstein, M. J., & Williams, K. D. (2011, May). The impact of expectations on ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., & Williams, K. D. (2011, May). The role of burden and deviance in punitive ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Pease, H. A., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Bernstein, M. J., & Williams, K. D. (2011, March). Expectations of inclusion affect experiences of ostracism. Presentation at the meeting for the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Carter-Sowell, A. R., & Wesselmann, E. D. (2011, January). Assessment of chronic ostracism: The development and validation of the ostracism experiences scale. Presentation at the New Methods Pre-Conference at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., VanderDrift, L. E., & Agnew, C. R. (2011, January). Using interdependence theory to understand and manipulate religious commitment. Presentation at the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Pre-Conference at the meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Wesselmann, E., Pryor, J. B., & Palmieri, P. (2002, May) Using a modified Stroop procedure to assess associations between ideas about sex and power. Presentation at the meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • American Psychological Association Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) Research Seed Grant (2016). Awarded to Michael H. Pasek and Eric D. Wesselmann.
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015). Awarded to Alex Barelka and Eric D. Wesselmann.
  • ISU Pre-Tenure Faculty Initiative Grant (2014)
  • ISU New Faculty Initiative Grant (2013)
  • Center for Open Science: Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology (2013). Awarded to Eric D. Wesselmann, Kipling D. Williams, and John B. Pryor.
  • ISU Grant Writing Mentorship Program (2013)
  • ISU Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Designing a Quality Online Course (2013)
  • ISU Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Teaching Community Enhancement Grant (2013)
  • ISU Student Sustainability Project Grant (2013). Awarded to Eric D. Wesselmann and Matthew S. Hesson-McInnis.
  • Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • 2016
  • Rising Star Designation
  • Association for Psycholgical Science
  • 2015
  • Service Initiative Award (Early Career)
  • Illinois State University
  • 2015
  • ISU 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement of the Year by a Pre-tenured Faculty Member
  • ISU College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • 2014
  • Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2014
  • Graduate Student Publication Award-2nd place
  • Purdue University, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • 2011
  • Dissertation Research Award
  • American Psychological Association
  • 2010
  • Graduate Student Publication Award-2nd place
  • Purdue University, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • 2010
  • C. Eugene Walker Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • Purdue University, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • 2009
  • Conference Poster Award
  • International Society for Research on Aggression
  • 2006