Jerry Burger's recent research has focused largely on social influence, particularly compliance. He recently conducted a partial replication of Stanley Milgram’s famous obedience studies that allowed for useful comparisons with the original investigations while protecting the well-being of participants. The research was featured in the January 3, 2007, broadcast of ABC News’ Primetime. You can see a short summary of that broadcast at:
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You can read some reactions to the research here:
New York Times editorial: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/29/opinion/29mon3.html?r=1
APA Monitor: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/05/ethics.html
Professor Burger also has conducted research on the perception of and motivation for personal control. He developed the Desirability of Control Scale to measure individual differences in the extent to which people prefer to feel in control of their environment. In 1992, he published a book reviewing research with the DC Scale. Professor Burger's undergraduate personality textbook (Thomson/Wadsworth) is now in its eighth edition. The book bridges the traditional theories approach to understanding personality with current research in the field.
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Social Cognition
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- Burger, J. M. (2011). Returning home: Reconnecting with our childhoods. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Burger, J. M. (2010). Personality (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
- Burger, J. M. (1992). Desire for control: Personality, social, and clinical perspectives. New York: Plenum.
- Burger, J. M. (2009). Replicating Milgram: Would people still obey today? American Psychologist, 64, 1-11.
- Burger, J. M. (1999). The foot-in-the-door compliance procedure: A multiple-process analysis and review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 3, 303-325.
- Burger, J. M., & Caldwell, D. C. (2003). The effects of monetary incentives and labeling on the foot-in-the-door effect: Evidence for a self-perception process. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 235-241.
- Burger, J. M., & Cornelius, T. (2003). Raising the price of agreement: Public commitment and the low-ball compliance procedure. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 923-934.
- Burger, J. M., Ehrlichman, A. M., Raymond, N. C., Ishikawa, J. M., & Sandoval, J. (2006). Reciprocal favor exchange and compliance. Social Influence, 1, 169-184.
- Burger, J. M., & Guadagno, R. E. (2003). Self-concept clarity and the foot-in-the-door procedure. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 79-86.
- Burger, J. M., Hornisher, J., Martin, V. E., Newman, G., & Pringle, S. (2007). The pique technique: Overcoming mindlessness or shifting heuristics? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 2086-2096.
- Burger, J. M., & Lynn, A. L. (2005). Superstitious behavior among American and Japanese professional baseball players. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 71-76.
- Burger, J. M., Messian, N., Patel, S., del Prado, A., & Anderson, C. (2004). What a coincidence! The effects of incidental similarity on compliance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 35-43.
- Burger, J. M., Soroka, S., Gonzago, K., Murphy, E., & Somervell, E. (2001). The effect of fleeting attraction on compliance to requests. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1578-1586.
- Burger, J. M. (2002). Four decades and counting [Review of the book Obedience to authority: Current perspectives on the Milgram paradigm]. Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 47, 665-667.
- Burger, J. M. (1998). Solitude. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), The encyclopedia of mental health (pp. 563-569). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
- The Desirability of Control Scale
- Psychology As a Social Science
- Research Methods
- Research Practicum
- Social Psychology
- Writing in Psychology
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