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Michael Platow

Michael Platow

I earned my B.A. in psychology from UCLA in 1985, and then my Ph.D. in psychology from UCSB in 1991. In 2010, I earned a Masters of Higher Education from the Australian National University.

I have been working at the ANU since 2003. Prior to that, I was at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

From 2007-2009 I was the President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. In 2007, the Australian Learning & Teaching Council awarded me with a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Over the course of my academic career, I have conducted and published research on the social psychology of distributive, procedural, and restorative justice; leadership; social influence; helping; in-group favouritism and social identity management; linguistic masking; diversity; and social value orientations. In seeking to understand these diverse phenomena, I rely heavily on the theoretical and meta-theoretical assumptions of social identity and self-categorization theories.

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity


Journal Articles:

  • Foddy, M., Platow, M. J., & Yamagishi, T. (2009). Group-based trust in strangers: The role of stereotypes and group heuristics. Psychological Science, 20, 419-422.
  • Haslam, S. A., & Platow, M. J. (2001). Social identity and the link between leadership and followership: How affirming an identity translates personal vision into group action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1469-1479.
  • Platow, M. J. (2012). Ph.D. experience and subsequent outcomes: A look at self-perceptions of acquired graduate attributes and supervisor support. Studies in Higher Education, 37(1), 103-118.
  • Platow, M. J., Brewer, G., & Eggins, R. A. (2008). Authorities’ knowledge of shared group membership and its effects on the respect-informing properties of procedural fairness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 743-750.
  • Platow, M. J., Filardo, F., Troselj, L., Grace, D. M., & Ryan, M. K. (2006). Non-instrumental voice and extra-role behaviour. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 135-146.
  • Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., Both, A., Chew, I., Cuddon, M., Goharpey, N., Maurer, J., Rosini, S., Tsekouras, A., & Grace, D. M. (2005). “It’s not funny when they’re laughing”: A self-categorization social-influence analysis of canned laughter. The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 542-550.
  • Platow, M. J., Voudouris, N. J., Gilbert, N. Jamieson, R., Najdovski, L., Papaleo, N., Pollard, C., & Terry, L. (2007). In-group reassurance in a pain setting produces lower levels of physiological arousal: Direct support for a self-categorization analysis of social influence. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 649/.
  • Platow, M. J., & van Knippenberg, D. (2001). A social identity analysis of leadership endorsement: The effects of leader in-group prototypicality and distributive intergroup fairness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1508-1519.
  • Platow, M. J., van Knippenberg, D., Haslam, S. A., van Knippenberg, B., & Spears, R. (2006). A special gift we bestow on you for being representative of us: Considering leader charisma from a self-categorization perspective. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 303-320.
  • Wenzel, M., Okimoto, T. G., Feather, N. T., & Platow, M. J. (2008). Retributive and restorative justice. Law and Human Behavior, 32, 375-389.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Group Processes and Social Change
  • Understanding Mind, Brain, and Behaviour
  • Understanding People in Context

Michael Platow
Department of Psychology
Australian National University
Building 39
Canberra ACT 0200

  • Phone: +61 (02) 6125 8457
  • Fax: +61 (02) 6125 0499

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