Michael J. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Program Chair of Psychological and Social Science (PSS)
Director of Abington Laboratory for Innovation in Teaching and Education (ALITE)
Office Phone: 215-881-7479
Office Location: Woodland, 236j

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Grants, Awards, and Honors

2017 – 2019
Penn State Abington Career Development Professorship
Awarded to PI Michael J. Bernstein 
$27,000.00 for 24 months

2016 – 2017
Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of
Psychological Science
Awarded to PI Michael J. Bernstein and Co-PI Jacob A. Benfield
$5,000.00 for 12 months

2015 – 2017
Proctor and Gamble Corporation
Awarded to PI Michael J. Bernstein
$30,500.00 for 24 months

2013 – 2017
National Science Foundation BCS-1323418 and BCS-1323349
Awarded to Co-PI Michael J. Bernstein and Heather M. Claypool
$325,000.00 for 36 months (additional 12-month extension approved)

2015 – 2016
Penn State University Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) Collaborative Fellowship
$10,000 for 12 months

2013-2016 National Science Foundation BCS-1323418 and BCS-1323349
Awarded to Co-PI Michael J. Bernstein and Heather M. Claypool
$325,000.00 for 36 months (2013-2016)
“Social exclusion as a determinant of individuation and stereotyping”

2014 – 2015                   
Proctor and Gamble Corporation
Awarded to PI Michael J. Bernstein
$10,500.00 for 12 months

2014 - 2015 Faculty Development Grant, $2000.00

2013 - 2014 Rubin Award Recipient, $924.00

2012 - 2013 Rubin Award Recipient, $900.00

2012 - 2013 Summer Faculty Research Fellow, $4000.00

2012 - 2013 Faculty Development Grant, $1322.43

AWARDS AND HONORS

2013 - 2014 Penn State Abington “Lion Heart” Award from Class of 2014

2013 - 2014 Penn State Faculty Senate Scholar Award

2012 - 2013 Penn State Faculty Senate Outstanding Teaching Award

2012 - 2013 Penn State Abington Public Scholar Award

Selected Publications


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Bernstein, M. J., Zawadzki, M. J., Juth, V., Benfield, J. A., & Smyth, J. (in press). Social interactions in daily life: Within-person associations between momentary social experiences and psychological and physical health indicators. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Claypool, H. M., & Bernstein, M. J. (in press). Exclusion and its impact on social information processing. In S. Rudert, R. Greifeneder, & K. Williams (Eds.), Current directions in ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection research. New York: Psychology Press.

Kunstman, J. W., Lloyd, E. P., Tuscherer, T., & Bernstein, M. J., (in press). The face of suspicion: Suspicion of whites’ motives moderates mental representations of whites. Social Psychology and Personality Science.

Bernstein, M. J., (2016). Research in social psychology: Consequences of short- and long-term social exclusion. In Riva, P. & Eck, J. (Eds), Social Exclusion: Psychological approaches to understanding and reducing its impact (pp. 51-72). Switzerland, Springer International Publishing.

Cursan, A., & Bernstein, M. J., Pascual, A., & Felonneua, M. L. (2016). Impact of gendered in-group/out-group ostracism on women’s academic performances. Journal of Social Psychology.

Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K. (in press). The impact of race and inclusionary status on memory for ingroup and outgroup faces. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Klein, R. A., Ratliff, K. A., Vianello, M., Adams, R. B., Jr., Bahník, S., Bernstein, M. J., Bocian, K., Brandt, M. J., Brooks, B., Brumbaugh, C. C., Cemalcilar, Z., Chandler, J., Cheong, W., Davis, W. E., Devos, T., Eisner, M., Frankowska, N., Furrow, D., Galliani, E. M., Hasselman, F., Hicks, J. A., Hovermale, J. F., Hunt, S. J., Huntsinger, J. R., IJzerman, H., John, M., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Kappes, H. B., Krueger, L. E., Kurtz, J., Levitan, C. A., Mallett, R. K., Morris, W. L., Nelson, A. J., Nier, J. A., Packard, G., Pilati, R., Rutchick, A. M., Schmidt, K., Skorinko, J. L., Smith, R., Steiner, T. G., Storbeck, J., Van Swol, L. M., Thompson, D., van 't Veer, A. E., Vaughn, L. A., Vranka, M., Wichman, A. L., Woodzicka, J. A., & Nosek, B. A. (in press). Data from investigating variation in replicability: A "many labs" replication project. Manuscript in press at The Journal of Open Psychology Data.

Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., & Hugenberg, K. (in press). Reactions to social inclusion and exclusion as a function of perceived ingroup similarity. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Wirth, J. H., Turchan, P. J., Zimmerman, A. G., & Bernstein, M. J. (in press). Atimia: A novel group-based paradigm for manipulating ostracism and group members’ performance. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Claypool, H. M., & Bernstein, M. J. (2014). Social exclusion and stereotyping: Why and when exclusion fosters individuation of others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 571.

*Gillmor, K., Bernstein, M. J., Benfield, J. A. (2014). Have you no shame? Infrahumanization of promiscuous sexual assault victims as moderated by dispositional and situational Just World orientation. Journal of Student Research, 3, 34-45 

Klein, R. A., Ratliff, K. A., Vianello, M., Adams, R. B., Jr., Bahník, Š., Bernstein, M. J., Bocian, K., Brandt, M. J., Brooks, B., Brumbaugh, C. C., Cemalcilar, Z., Chandler, J., Cheong, W., Davis, W. E., Devos, T., Eisner, M., Frankowska, N., Furrow, D., Galliani, E. M., Hasselman, F., Hicks, J. A., Hovermale, J. F., Hunt, S. J., Huntsinger, J. R., IJzerman, H., John, M., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Kappes, H. B., Krueger, L. E., Kurtz, J., Levitan, C. A., Mallett, R., Morris, W. L., Nelson, A. J., Nier, J. A., Packard, G., Pilati, R., Rutchick, A. M., Schmidt, K., Skorinko, J. L., Smith, R., Steiner, T. G., Storbeck, J., Van Swol, L. M., Thompson, D., van’t Veer, A., Vaughn, L. A., Vranka, M., Wichman, A., Woodzicka, J. A., & Nosek, B. A. (2014). Investigating variation in replicability: A “many labs” replication project. Social Psychology, 45, 142-152.

*Standish, A., Benfield, J. A., Bernstein, M. J., & Tragresser, S. (2014). Characteristics of borderline personality disorder and disgust sensitivity. The Psychological Record, 1-9.

Wilson, J. P., See, P. E., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Chartier, C. R. (2014). Anticipated interaction moderates the own-group bias in face recognition. PLOS One, 9, e90668.

Zhansheng, C., Bernstein, M. J., Poon, K. T., & Teng, F. (2014). Rejecting another pains the self: The impact of perceived future rejection. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 225-233.

Bernstein, M. J., Claypool, H. M., Young, S. G., Tuscherer, T., Sacco, D. F., & Brown, C. M. (2013). Never let them see you cry: Self-presentation as a moderator of the relationship between exclusion and self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 

Bernstein, M. J. & Benfield, J. A. (2013). Past perspectives are related to present relationships: Past-positive and negative time perspectives differentially predict rejection sensitivity. The Psychological Record, 63, 615-628.

Wilson, J. P., Hugenberg, K. J., & Bernstein, M. J. (2013). The Cross-Race effect and eyewitness identification: How to improve recognition and reduce decision errors in eyewitness situations. Social Interest and Policy Review, 7, 83-113.

Zell, E., & Bernstein, M. J. (2013). You may think you’re right… Young adults are more liberal than they realize. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2012a). Social exclusion and pain sensitivity: Why exclusion sometimes hurts and sometimes numbs. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 185-196.

Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2012b). Not all social exclusions are created equal: Emotional distress following social exclusion is moderated by exclusion paradigm. Social Influence, 7, 113-130.

Claypool, H. M., Housley, M. K., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Mackie, D. M. (2012). Easing in: Fluent processing brings others into the ingroup. Group Process and Intergroup Relations, 15, 441-455.

Lee, E. A., Soto, J. A., Swim, J. K., & Bernstein, M. J. (2012). Bitter reproach or sweet revenge: Cultural differences in response to racism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 920-932 

Oikawa, K., Odero, G. L., Platt, E., Hatherwell, A., Bernstein, M. J., Albensi, B. C. (2012). NF-kB p50 Subunit Knockout Impairs Late LTP and Alters Long Term Memory in the Mouse. Biomedical Central Neuroscience, 13:45. 

*Ratcliff, N. J. & Bernstein, M. J., Cundiff, J. L., & Vescio T. K. (2012). Seeing wrath from the top (through stratified lenses): Perceivers high in social dominance orientation show superior anger identification for high-status individuals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1373-1376.

Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). Social exclusion and female mating behavior: Rejected women show strategic enhancement of short-term mating interest. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 573-587.

Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K. J., Bernstein, M. J., & Sacco, D. F. (2012). Perception and motivation in face recognition: A critical review of theories of the Cross Race Effect. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 116-142.

Hugenberg, K., Young, S.G., Sacco, D.F., & Bernstein, M.J. (2011). Social categorization influences face perception and face memory. In A.J. Calder, G. Rhodes, J.V. Haxby, and M. H. Johnson, (Eds.), The Handbook of Face Perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

*Ratcliff, N., Hugenberg, K., Shriver, E., & Bernstein, M. J. (2011). The allure of power: The effect of status on face memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1003-1015.

Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2011). Social inclusion facilitates risky mating behavior in men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 985-998.

Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., & Claypool, H. M. (2010). A preference for genuine smiles following social exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 196-199.

Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K., & Cook, E. (2010). Being ‘in’ with the in crowd: The effects of social exclusion and inclusion are enhanced by the perceived essentialism of ingroups and outgroups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 999-1009.

Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., & Claypool, H. M. (2010). Obama’s win is a gain for Blacks? Changes in implicit prejudice following the 2008 election. Social Psychology, 41, 147-151.

Hugenberg, K., Young, Bernstein, M. J., S. G., & Sacco, D. (2010). The categorization-individuation model: An integrative account of the cross race recognition deficit. Psychological Review, 117, 1168-1187.

Sacco, D. F. & Bernstein, M. J. (2010). A video introduction to psychology: Using technology to facilitate interest and participation in psychology research. Journal of Teaching Psychology, 37, 28-31.

Young S.G., Bernstein, M.J., & Hugenberg, K. (2010). When do Own-Group Biases in face recognition occur? Encoding versus recognition. Social Cognition, 28, 140-150. 

Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2009). Social inclusion facilitates interests in mating. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 11-27. 

Young, S. G., Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2009). Rejected by the nation: The electoral defeat of candidates included in the self is experienced as personal rejection. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 315-326.

Young, S.G., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M.J., & Sacco, D.F. (2009). Interracial context debilitate same-race face recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1123-1126.

Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Sacco, D. F., & Claypool, H. M. (2008). Adaptive responses to social exclusion: Social rejection improves detection of real and fake smiles. Psychological Science, 19, 981-983. 

Shriver, E., Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Lanter, J. (2008). Class, race, and the face: Social context modulates the cross-race effect in face recognition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 260-274.

Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., & Hugenberg, K. (2007). The cross-category effect: Mere social categorization is sufficient to elicit an own-group bias in face recognition. Psychological Science, 18, 706-712.

Research Interests
Psychological Statistics, Psychological Methods, Social Cognition, Social Ostracism, Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations, Stigma, Stereotyping and Prejudice
The world can be a chaotic, ambiguous, and uncertain place, and traversing such a difficult landscape would be daunting without guides. Individuals gain such guidance and insight into how to treat others and how they themselves expect to be treated from the groups to which they belong. Belonging is one of our most basic human needs. Groups serve a vital role in helping us navigate our social worlds, and we have a pervasive tendency to see our ingroups in a laudable and positive light.
My research, broadly defined, is twofold. First, I am concerned with the antecedents and consequences of group level categorization. How do people choose to categorize others as ingroup or outgroup targets? Once we categorize an individual as such, what cognitive and behavioral changes are likely to occur? Much of my current research is focused on the cross race effect (CRE) and the ingroup overexclusion effect (IOE).
As a social cognitive researcher, I am primarily concerned with how others are stored in memory and how the environment can affect the encoding and retrieval of social information.
In a second domain, I am interested in how people respond when the groups to which they belong exclude them or reject them. Much of my research is now focusing on showing the various responses to social inclusion and exclusion. Social rejection occurs to everyone; though rejection today is less likely to result in death, social exclusion is a signal to an evolutionary danger of being alone.
Research has shown rather convincingly that many responses to social rejection appear maladaptive, yet from an evolutionary standpoint, it seems unlikely that such maladaptive behaviors would continually be selected generation after generation unless they exist as part of a "trade off" of sorts. As such, we believe the responses to social exclusion are in and of themselves adaptive or by-products of adaptive responses.
Thus, maladaptive responses to social rejection may represent a shifting of resources to other domains where they would be more valuable.
If you are interested in contacting me, you should feel free to do so. I am happy to answer questions from other professors, graduate students, or even undergraduates who want to discuss research or applications to graduate school in general.
I am also always open to new collaborations, so if you are a researcher looking to talk about starting a new line of research, please feel free to contact me. I live at my computer and routinely tell my students that if I go more than 24 hours without answering an email, something has gone terribly wrong. Feel free to drop me a line.