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Conflict Research Lab

The Conflict Research Lab examines the quantitative effects of media on interpersonal and intergroup conflict. We focus on the underlying social psychological mechanisms through which media influences intergroup relations, biases, prejudice, and aggressive behaviors. Within the intergroup context, we explore how media influences the majority groups' attitudes and behaviors towards minority groups. In addition, we examine how media representations influence the ways in which minorities think about themselves as well as their willingness to engage with the political and social system in relation to the majority group.  

Intergroup Bias and Conflict: Dr. Saleem has  examined the effects of media stereotypes within violent contexts on perceptions, attitudes, and affect towards the depicted group. Other work has explored how media depictions of Muslims as violent can influence aggressive perceptions and support for aggressive public policies against Muslims internationally and domestically.

Identity Conflict and Intergroup Relations: In another line of research, Dr. Saleem examines the role of perceived identity compatibility specific to dual-identity individuals (e.g., Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans) and its influence on majority-minority relations within the United States.

Interpersonal Conflict: Within the interpersonal conflict domain, Dr. Saleem has done research testing the effects of person and situational variables on aggressive and prosocial cognitions, affect, and behaviors. In addition, this research looks at the interactive effect of person variables (e.g., trait aggression) and situational variables (e.g., media violence) on individuals’ aggression.

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Working with the Conflict Research Lab

Students interested in our research can join the lab as research assistants (RAs). RAs will have an opportunity to develop research questions, develop stimuli, conduct experiments, collect data, analyze data, present their work, and participate in lab meetings.To be a RA in the lab, you must be available to commit for a least 2 consecutive semesters for at least 9 hours per week. You must also be able to attend weekly lab meetings, often held on Mondays, and be an active participant in lab discussions.Please email: 1) your resume/CV and 2) an unofficial transcript to Dr. Muniba Saleem at with “RA application” and your first and last name in the subject line. If there is availability in the lab, you may be asked to come in for an interview.


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