Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and Psychology
Office: 256 Psychology Building
Ph.D., University of Kansas (2010)
I apply a Cultural-Psychological theoretical framework to:
- Racism and Oppression
- Collective memory
- Self and identity
- Privilege and Power
- Relationship construction
The Culture in Mind Research Group is a community broadly interested in the relationship between psychological experience and culture. In other words, through research and discussion we explore the various ways in which culture and psyche make each other up (Shweder, 1990).
Throughout my research, one can find an integration of testing basic research theory and applications to socially relevant issues. One goal of my research is to illuminate the social and cultural underpinnings of mind by extending research on traditionally de-contextualized, intrapersonal phenomena to a cultural/collective level. Another goal is to conduct research that might aid in the alleviation of social inequalities and injustice. Currently, I am exploring the implications of divergent representations of history and identity for perceiving (or denying) systems of oppression, evaluating relevant social policies, and understanding contemporary events. I am also exploring sociocultural constructions of relationship in the US and abroad.
Salter, P.S., Hirsch, K.A., Schlegel, R.J., & Thai, L.T. (in press). Who needs individual responsibility? Audience Race and Message Content Influence Third Party Evaluations of Political Messages. Social Psychological and Personality Science
Mukherjee, S., Salter, P.S., & Molina, L.E. (2015). Museum spaces as psychological affordances: Representations of immigration history and national identity. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:692.
Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2013). Toward a Critical Race Psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 781-793.
Nelson, J.C., Adams, G., & Salter, P.S. (2013). The Marley Hypothesis: Racism Denial reflects ignorance of history. Psychological Science, 24, 213-218.
Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2012). Mother or wife? An African dilemma tale and the psychological dynamics of sociocultural change. Social Psychology, 43, 232-242.