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John Edlund

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

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John Edlund

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts


BS, MA, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University


John got his Ph.D. in Social and I/O psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2008. His research interests are varied. One of his primary research focuses is in human mating behaviors (explored from the perspectives of evolutionary and social psychology). He is investigating the sex difference in jealousy (both its existence and theoretical origins), mate value (including developing a measure of mate value), and topics connecting distal processes with modern sex-related activities (attitudes towards abortion and nesting behaviors). His second primary research interest is research on basic research methodology. He is exploring consent issues in psychology and medical contexts, the prevalence and management of extra-experimental communication, along with exploring other contextual influences on participant behavior in studies. He also has a number of other research interests including Forensic Psychology (investigating Miranda rights and eyewitness memory), Social Psychology (looking at stereotypes and prejudice), and the teaching of psychology.

Courses offered:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Honors introduction to psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental Methods
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology


Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Introduction to the field of psychology. Provides a survey of basic concepts, theories, and research methods. Topics include: thinking critically with psychological science; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and therapy; and social psychology.
3 Credits
This course explores topics related to behaviors and mental processes of individuals in social situations. Topics include: methodology, social perception, social cognition, the self, attitudes, prejudice, attraction, social influence, pro-social behavior, aggression, and behavior in groups. Course activities include lecture, class demonstrations, and assignments.
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the social track. This course explores social psychological phenomena at the level of the individual. This course addresses those domains of social behavior in which cognition plays a major role, including the interface of cognition with overt behavior, affect, and motivation. Among topics covered are the formation, change, and utilization of attitudes, attributions, and stereotypes, person memory, self-regulation, and the origins and consequences of moods and emotions insofar as these interact with cognition. This course also explores the influence of cognition on significant social phenomena such as persuasion, communication, prejudice, social development, and cultural trends. Part of the social track for the psychology degree program.
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the psychology major to develop experimental research expertise and put into practice some of what is learned in Research Methods I and II. Students will explore topics of interest for further research in psychology. They will develop one research idea that could either form the basis for a senior project in psychology or is a valid test of a research idea. Students will be supervised by the course instructor as they develop a research question, conduct a literature review, write the introduction, and examine questions about control, validity and reliability. This course will culminate in a research proposal. Students going on to Senior Project in Psychology can use this as a proposal course and must find their faculty adviser for senior project before they finish this course. Students who are not planning for Senior Project will practice writing a proposal and the related skills required to critically examine an advanced topic in Psychology.
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the psychology major to demonstrate experimental research expertise, while being guided by faculty advisors. The topic to be studied is up to the student, who must find a faculty advisor before signing up for the course. Students will be supervised by the advisor as they conduct their literature review, develop the research question or hypothesis, develop the study methodology and materials, construct all necessary IRB materials, run subjects, and analyze the results of their study. This course will culminate in an APA style paper and poster presentation reporting the results of the research. Because Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s scientific research learning experience in the psychology major, it is expected that the project will be somewhat novel, will extend the theoretical understanding of their previous work (or of the previous work of another researcher), and go well beyond any similar projects that they might have done in any of their previous courses.

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Journal Paper
M, O’Donnell, Edlund J. E., and Sackett K. "Registered Replication Report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998)." Perspectives on Psychological Science 13. 2 (2018): 268-294. Print. «
J.E, Edlund,. "Sex Differences in Jealousy: The (Lack of) Influence of Researcher Theoretical Perspective." Journal of Social Psychology 158. 5 (2018): 515-520. Print. «
R, McCArthy, and Edlund, J.E. "An Investigation of Abstract Construal on Impression Formation: A multi-lab replication of McCarthy and Skowronski (2011)." International Review of Social Psychology 18. 1 (2018): 1-6. Print. «
Edlund, J. E. and A.E. Edlund. "Contextual Effects on Abortion Decisions: A Short Report." North American Journal of Psychology 16. 1 (2014): 159-163. Print. «
Edlund, J. E., et al. "Experimenter Characteristics and Word Choice: Best Practices When Administering an Informed Consent." Ethics and Behavior 24. 5 (2014): 397-407. Print. «
Edlund, J.E. and A.L. Nicolas. "Contribution to Alonga et al." Perspectives on Psychological Science 9. 5 (2014): 556-578. Print. «
Edlund, J.E. and B.J. Sagarin. "The Mate Value Scale." Personality and Individual Differences 64. 1 (2014): 72-77. Print. «
Edlund, J.E., et al. "The Prevalence and Prevention of Crosstalk: A Multi-institutional Study." Journal of Social Psychology 154. 3 (2014): 181-185. Print. «
Edlund, John and Jessica L. Hartnett. "Second Life in the Psychology Classroom: Teaching and Research Possibilities." International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies 3. 1 (2013): 47-56. Print. *
Edlund, John, Cory R. Scherer, and Jeremy D. Heider. "Cultural Stereotypes and Personal Beliefs About Individuals with Dwarfism." Journal of Social Psychology 153. 1 (2013): 80-97. Print. *
Edlund, John E., Bettina Zengel, and Brad J. Sagarin. "Sex Differences in Jealousy in Response to Infidelity: Evaluation of Demographic Moderators in a National Random Sample." Personality and Individual Differences 54. 1 (2013): 47-51. Print. *
Sagarin, B.J., et al. "Sex Differences in Jealousy: A Meta-Analytic Examination." Evolution and Human Behavior 33. (2012): 595-614. Print. * £
Scherer, C.R., et al. "Trait Expectancies and Stereotype Expectancies Affect Person Memory Similarly in a Jury Context." Journal of Social Psychology 152. (2012): 613-622. Print. * £
Edlund, J.E. "Sex Differences in Jealousy: A Meta-Analytic Examination." Evolution and Human Behavior 33. (2012): 595-614. Print. *
Edlund, J.E. "Trait Expectancies and Stereotype Expectances Affect Person Memory Similarly in a Jury Context." Journal of Social Psychology 152. 5 (2012): 613-622. Print. *
Edlund, John E. "Jealousy Reconsidered: A Reply to DeSteno (2010)." Evolutionary Psychology 9. (2011): 116-117. Web. * «
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Nichols, Austin Lee and John Edlund. "Predicting And Preventing Participant Crosstalk: A Multi-Institutional Investigation." Second International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences. Middlesex University Dubai. Dubai, UAE. 27 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation. *
Heider, J. D., et al. "Factors Influencing Participant Comprehension and Task Performance: Instructional Detail and Form Complexity." Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, LA. 17-19 Jan. 2013. Conference Presentation. *