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Stephanie J. Tobin

Stephanie J. Tobin

Research Interests:

(1) The cognitive and affective consequences of causal uncertainty, or doubts about one’s understanding of why things happen. Causal uncertainty is unpleasant and undermines a person’s sense of control. Depending upon the perceived cost and likelihood of successful uncertainty reduction, causally uncertain individuals may try to improve their understanding or disengage. Attempts to improve understanding typically involve thorough information processing strategies; attempts to disengage can involve secondary control or alcohol use.
(2) Affective influences on judgments
(3) Effects of social media on belonging and well-being
(4) Effects of other people's goal pursuit on perceiver motivation and reward state

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Tobin, S. J., & Raymundo, M. M. (2010). Causal uncertainty and psychological well-being: The moderating role of accommodation (secondary control). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 371-383. doi: 10.1177/0146167209359701
  • Tobin, S. J., & George, M. P. (in press). Positive affect increases secondary control among causally uncertain individuals. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Tobin, S. J., Vanman, E. J., Verreynne, M., & Saeri, A. K. (2014). Threats to belonging on Facebook: Lurking and ostracism. Social Influence. doi:10.1080/15534510.2014.893924
  • Tobin, S. J., Loxton, N. J., & Neighbors, C. (2014). Coping with causal uncertainty through alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 580-585. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.11.009
  • Tobin, S. J., & Tidwell, J. (2013). The role of task difficulty and affect activation level in the use of affect as information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 250-253. doi:
  • Tobin, S. J., Capuozzo, K. I., & Raymundo, M. M. (2012). The effects of primed causal uncertainty and causal importance on persuasion. Social Influence, 7, 269-284.
  • Tobin, S. J., Weary, G., Brunner, R. P., Gonzalez, J., & Han, H. A. (2009). Causal uncertainty and stereotype avoidance: The role of perceived category fit. Social Cognition, 27, 917-928. doi: 10.1521/soco.2009.27.6.917
  • Tobin, S. J., & Raymundo, M. M. (2009). Persuasion by causal arguments: The motivating role of perceived causal expertise. Social Cognition, 27, 105-127. doi: 10.1521/soco.2009.27.1.105
  • Tobin, S. J., & Weary, G. (2008). The effects of causal uncertainty, causal importance, and initial attitude on attention to causal persuasive arguments. Social Cognition, 26, 44-65. doi: 10.1521/soco.2008.26.1.44
  • Tobin, S. J., & Weary, G. (2003). An on-line look at automatic contrast and correction of behavior categorizations and dispositional inferences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1328-1338. doi: 10.1177/0146167203254611
  • Weary, G., Reich, D. A., & Tobin, S. J. (2001). The role of contextual constraints and chronic expectancies on behavior categorizations and dispositional inferences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 62-75. doi: 10.1177/0146167201271006
  • Weary, G., Tobin, S. J., & Reich, D. A. (2001). Chronic and temporary distinct expectancies as comparison standards: Automatic contrast in dispositional judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 365-380. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.80.3.365
  • Weary, G., Jacobson, J. A., Edwards, J. A., & Tobin, S. J. (2001). Chronic and temporarily activated causal uncertainty beliefs and stereotype usage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 206-219. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.81.2.206
  • Tobin, S. J., Osika, M. M., & McLanders, M. (2014). Attitudes toward others depend upon self and other causal uncertainty. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e87677. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087677

Other Publications:

  • Weary, G., Tobin, S. J., & Edwards, J. A. (2010). The causal uncertainty model revisited. In R. M. Arkin, K. C. Oleson, & P. J. Carroll (Eds.), Handbook of the Uncertain Self (pp. 78-100). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Tobin, S. J. (2012). Attribution. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 236-242). Academic Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Psychological Approaches to Complex Problems
  • Psychological Research Methodology II
  • Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Topics in Social Psychology

Stephanie J. Tobin
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072

  • Phone: 617 3365 6213

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