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mariah g. schug, phd, assistant professor of psychology

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Mariah G. Schug PhD

Assistant Professor

  • PhD Cross-Cultural Child Development and Intergroup Attitudes 2008

    University of Utah (UT)

  • PSY 330 Current Issues in Psychology

  • PSY 210 Cross-Cultural Social Psychology

  • PSY 288 Positive Psychology

My research explores the development of intergroup bias (e.g., racial bias) in childhood and how intergroup attitudes are influenced by social and cultural context. For instance, much of my work compares children's intergroup attitudes in the U.S. and the Faroe Islands and how it is shaped by experience. I have additionally explored Faroese adults' attitudes regarding LGBT individuals and immigrants to Northern Europe. I also conduct research with the Spatial Cognition and Navigation Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers in numerous field sites. As part of this project, my data with adolescents and adults in the Faroe Islands will be combined with that of researchers working in other cultures. Together we are examining the development of spatial abilties and how they are influenced by children's opportunties to explore their environments.

Selected Publications

  • Schug, M.G., & Striano, T. (2014). Social foundations of communicative development. In L. Rogers, P. Brooks, and V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

  • MacDonald, K., Schug, M.G., & Barth, H. (2013). My people, right or wrong: Preschoolers trust inaccurate ingroup members over accurate outgroup members. Cognitive Development, 28(3), 247–259.

  • Schug, M.G., Shusterman, A., Barth, H., & Patalano, A.L. (2012). Minimal-group membership influences children's responses to novel experience with group members. Developmental Science, 16(1), 47–55.

Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)