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John Levine

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Small group processes -- team performance, newcomer innovation, reaction to deviance
  • Learning in social contexts
  • Social support in online groups

Yang, D., Kraut, R., & Levine, J. M. (in press). Commitment of newcomers and old-timers to online health support communities. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). New York: ACM Press.

Levine, J. M. (2016). Member differentiation and group tasks: More than meets the eye. [Commentary on “Are groups more or less than the sum of their members? The moderating role of individual identification," by R. F. Baumeister, S. E. Ainsworth, & K. D.]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Pinto, I. R., Marques, J. M., Levine, J. M., & Abrams, D. (2016). Membership role and subjective group dynamics: Impact on evaluative intragroup differentiation and commitment to prescriptive norms. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Dutcher, J. M., Creswell, J. D., Pacilio, L. E., Harris, P. R., Klein, W. M. P., Levine, J. M., Bower, J. E., Muscatell, K. A., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2016). Self-affirmation activates the ventral striatum: A possible reward-related mechanism for self-affirmation. Psychological Science, 27, 455-466.

Levine, J. M., Alexander, K. M., Wright, A. G. C., & Higgins, E. T. (2016). Group brainstorming: When regulatory nonfit enhances performance. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19, 257-271.

Marques, J. M., & Levine, J. M. (2016). Deviance in groups: New perspectives on enduring questions. Special Issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Levine, J. M., & Marques, J. M. (2016). Norm violators as threats and opportunities: The many faces of deviance in groups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Wang, Y-C, Kraut, R. E., & Levine, J. M. (2015). Eliciting and receiving online support: Using computer-aided content analysis to examine the dynamics of online social support. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(4): e99.

Fairbairn, C. E., Sayette, M. A., Wright, A. G. C., Levine, J. M., Cohn, J. F., & Creswell, K. G. (2015) Extraversion and the rewarding effects of alcohol in a social context. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Levine, J. M., & Tindale, R. S. (2015). Social influence in groups. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), APA Handbook of personality and social psychology (Vol. 2: Group processes; J. F. Dovidio & J. A. Simpson, Assoc. Eds.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vlahovic, T. A., Wang, Y-C, Kraut, R. E., & Levine, J. M. (2014). Support matching and satisfaction in an online breast cancer support community. CHI 2014: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1625-1634). New York: ACM Press. (Winner of CHI Honorable Mention Award.)

Funder, D. C., Levine, J. M., Mackie, D. M., Morf, C. C., Vazire, S., & West, S. G. (2014). Improving the dependability of research in personality and social psychology: Recommendations for research and educational practice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 3-12.

Harris, P. R., Brearley, I. Sheeran, P., Barker, M., Klein, W. M. P., Creswell, J. D., Levine, J. M., & Bond, R. (2014). Combining self-affirmation with implementation intentions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. Health Psychology, 33, 729-736.

Levine, J. M., & Prislin, R. (2013). Majority and minority influence. In J. M. Levine (Ed.), Group processes (pp. 135-163). New York: Psychology Press.

Creswell, J. D., Dutcher, J. M., Klein, W. M. P., Harris, P. R., & Levine, J. M. (2013). Self-Affirmation Improves Problem-Solving Under Stress. PLoS ONE 8(5).

Levine, J. M., & Smith, E. (2013). Group cognition: Collective information search and distribution. In D. Carlston (Ed.), Oxford handbook of social cognition (pp. 616-633). New York: Oxford University Press.

Fairbairn, C. E., Sayette, M. A., Levine, J. M., Cohn, J. F., & Creswell, K. G. (2013). The effects of alcohol on the emotional displays of Whites in interracial groups. Emotion, 13, 468-477.

Levine, J. M., & Moreland, R. L. (2012). A history of small group research. In A. W. Kruglanski & W. Stroebe (Eds.), Handbook of the history of social psychology (pp 383-406). New York: Psychology Press.

Sayette, M. A., Dimoff, J. D., Levine, J. M. Moreland, R. L., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2012). The effects of alcohol and dosage-set on risk-seeking behavior in groups and individuals. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 194-200.

Abrams, D., & Levine, J. M. (2012). Norm formation: Revisiting Sherif's autokinetic illusion study. In J. R. Smith & S. A. Haslam (Eds.), Social psychology: Revisiting the classic studies, (pp. 57-75). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sayette, M. A., Creswell, K. G., Dimoff, J. D., Fairbairn, C. E., Cohn, J. F., Heckman, B. W., Kirchner, T. R., Levine, J. M., & Moreland, R. L. (2012). Alcohol and group formation: A multimodal investigation of the effects of alcohol on emotion and social bonding. Psychological Science, 23, 869-878.

Levine, J. M., & Choi, H.-S. (2011). Minority influence in interacting groups: The impact of newcomers. In J. Jetten & M. Hornsey (Eds.), Rebels in groups: Dissent, deviance, difference, and defiance (pp. 73-92). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Pinto, I. R., Marques, J. M., Levine, J. M., & Abrams, D. (2010). Membership status and subjective group dynamics: Who triggers the Black Sheep Effect? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(1), 107-119.

Levine, J. M., Alexander, K., & Hansen, T. (2010). Self-control in groups. In R. Hassin, K. N. Ochsner, & Y. Trope (Eds.), Self control in society, mind, and brain (pp. 449-472). New York: Oxford University Press.

Levine, J. M., & Choi, H.-S. (2010). Newcomers as change agents: Minority influence in task groups. In R. Martin & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Minority influence and innovation: Antecedents, processes, and consequences (pp. 229-262). New York: Psychology Press.

Senior Scientist John Levine, Professor in Psychology and Senior Scientist, has been awarded the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lausanne.

June 20, 2016

John Levine named co-recipient of the 2011 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups

July 2011

INGRoup (The Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research)


Honorary Professor of Psychology

2006 -

University of Kent