Psychological Sciences Faculty
Department of Psychological Sciences
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA
Psychological Sciences, Room 2166
Degree: Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1981
My interests lie broadly in group processes and social influence. My specific research topics include ostracism, group motivation, and tactics of influence.
Williams, K. D. (2009). Ostracism: A temporal need-threat model. In M. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 41, (pp. 279-314). NY: Academic Press.
Jones, E. E., Carter-Sowell, A. R., Kelly, J. R., & Williams, K. D. (2009). What you don't know can hurt: Effects of being out of the loop. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 157-174.
Wirth, J. H. & Williams, K. D. (2009). “They don't like our kind": Consequences of being ostracized while possessing a group membership. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 111-127.
Williams, K. D. & Carter-Sowell, A. R. (2009). Marginalization through social ostracism: Effects of being ignored and excluded. In F. Butera & J. Levine (eds.), Coping with minority status: Responses to exclusion and inclusion (pp. 104-122). London: Cambridge University Press.
Williams, K. D. & Nida, S. A. (2009). Is ostracism worse than bullying? In M. Kern (Ed.), Bullying, rejection, and peer victimization: A social cognitive neuroscience perspective (pp. 279-296). New York: Springer.
Lustenberger, D. E. & Williams, K. D. (2009). Ostracism in organizations. In J. Greenberg and M. S. Edwards (Eds.), Voice and silence in organizations (pp. 245-274). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
Wesselmann, E. D., Butler, F. A., Williams, K. D., & Pickett, C. L. (2010). Adding injury to insult: Unexpected rejection leads to more aggressive responses. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 1-6.
Goodwin, S. A., Williams, K. D., & Carter-Sowell, A. R. (2010). The psychological sting of stigma: The costs of attributing ostracism to racism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 612-618.
Williams, K. D. (2010). Dyads can be groups (and often are). Small Group Research, 41, 268-274.
Wesselmann, E. D. & Williams, K. D. (2010). The potential balm of religion and spirituality for recovering from ostracism. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 7, 29-45.
Carter-Sowell, A. R., Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Law, A. T., Williams, K. D., Chen, Z., Kosasih, M. W., & van der Lee, R. (2010). Strides for belonging trump strides for superiority: Effects of being ostracized for being superior or inferior to the others. Journal of Individual Psychology, 66, 68-92.
DeWall, C. N., Twenge, J. M., Bushman, B. J., Im, C., & Williams, K. D. (2010). A little acceptance goes a long way: Applying social impact theory to the rejection- aggression link. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 168-174.
Wirth, J., Sacco, D. F., Hugenberg, K. & Williams, K. D. (2010). Eye gaze as relational evaluation: Averted eye gaze leads to feelings of ostracism and relational devaluation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 869-88.
Jamieson, J., Harkins, S. G., & Williams, K. D. (2010). Need-threat can motivate performance after ostracism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 690-702.
Sebastian, C., Viding, E., Williams, K. D., & Blakemore, S. J. (2010). Social brain development and the affective consequences of ostracism in adolescence. Brain & Cognition, 72, 134-145.
Chen, Z. & Williams, K. D. (2010). Social pain is easily relived and prelived, but physical pain is not. In G. MacDonald & L. A. Jensen-Campbell (Eds.), Social pain: Neuropsychological and health implications of loss and exclusion (pp. 161- 177). Washington, D.C.: APA.
Williams, K. D., Chen, Z., & Wegener, D. (2010). A need-threat analysis of persuasion. In J. Cooper, W. Crano, & J. P. Forgas (Eds.), The psychological of attitudes and attitude change (pp. 199-213). New York: The Psychology Press.
Chen, Z., Law, A. T., & Williams, K. D. (2010). The uncertainty of ostracism. In R. M. Arkin, K. C. Oleson, & P. J. Carroll (Eds.), The uncertain self: A handbook of perspectives from social and personality psychology (pp. 291-302). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Riva, P., Wirth, J. H., & Williams, K. D. (2011). The consequences of pain: The social and physical pain overlap on psychological responses. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 681-687.
Williams, K. D. & Nida, S. A. (2011). Ostracism: Consequences and coping. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 71-75.
Van Beest, I., & Williams, K. D. (2011). “Why hast thou forsaken me?”: The effect of thinking about being ostracized by God on well-being and prosocial behavior. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 2, 379-386.
Van Beest, I., Williams, K. D., & van Dijk, E. (2011). Cyberbomb: Effects of being ostracized from a death game. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 581-596.
Prislin, R., Sawicki, V., & Williams, K. D. (2011). New majorities' abuse of power: Effects of perceived control and social support. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 489-504.
Hawkley, L. C., Williams, K. D., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2011). Responses to ostracism across adulthood. Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 6, 234-243.
Sacco, D., Wirth, J. H., Hugenberg, K., Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2011). The world in black and white: Ostracism enhances the categorical perception of social information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 836-842.
Forgas, J. P., Kruglanski, A., & Williams, K. D. (Eds.) (2011). Social conflict and aggression. NY: Psychology Press.
Williams, K. D. & Wesselmann, E. D. (2011). Ostracism and aggression. In J. Forgas, A. Kruglanski, & K. D. Williams (Eds.), Social conflict and aggression (pp. 37-52). New York: Psychology Press.
Wesselmann, E. D. & Williams, K. D. (2011). Ostracism in Cyberspace: Being ignored and excluded in electronic-based interactions. In Birchmeier, Z., Dietz-Uhler, B, and Stasser, G. (Eds.), Strategic Use of Technology (pp. 127-144). New York: Cambridge.
Van Beest, I., Carter-Sowell, A. R., van Dijk, E., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Groups being ostracized by groups: Is the pain shared, is recovery quicker, and are groups more likely to be aggressive? Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 16, 241-254.
Wesselmann, E. D., Nairne, J. S., & Williams, K. D. (2012). An evolutionary social psychology approach to studying the effects of ostracism. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6, 308-327.
Kassner, M., Wesselmann, E., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Virtually ostracized: Studying ostracism in immersive virtual environments. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 399-403.
IJzerman, H., Gallucci, M., Pouw, W. T. J. L., Weißgerber, S. C., van Doesum, N. J.,& Williams, K. D. (2012). Cold-blooded loneliness: Social exclusion leads to lower skin temperature. Acta Psychologica, 140, 283-288.
Wesselmann, E. D., Wirth, J. H., Mroczek, D. K., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Dial a feeling: Detecting moderation of affect decline during ostracism. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 580-586.
Schaafsma, J. & Williams, K. D. (2012). Exclusion, intergroup hostility, and religious fundamentalism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 829-837.
Nezlek, J., B., Wesselmann, E., Wheeler, L., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Ostracism in everyday life. Group Dynamics, 16, 91-94.
Chen, Z. & Williams, K. D. (2012). Pain in the future: Mental imagery can lead to hurtful feelings. European Journal of Social Psychology: Special issue on Mental Time Travel, 42, 314-317.
Saylor, C. F., Nida, S. A., Williams, K. D., Taylor, L. A., Smyth, W., Twyman, K. A., Macias, M. M., & Spratt, E. G. (2012). Bullying and ostracism screening scales (BOSS): Development and applications. Children’s Health Care, 41, 322-343.
Hawes, D. J., Zadro, L., Fink, E., Richardson, R., O’Moore, K., Griffiths, B., Dadds, M. R., & Williams, K. D. (2012). The effects of peer ostracism on children’s cognitive processes. The European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9, 599-613.
Wesselmann, E. D., Cardoso, F., Slater, S., & Williams, K. D. (2012). “To be looked at as though air”: Civil attention matters. Psychological Science, 23, 166 168.
Williams, K. D. (2012). Ostracism: The impact of being rendered meaningless. In P. Shaver and M. Mikulincer (Eds.), Meaning, mortality, and choice: The social psychology of existential concerns (pp. 309-323). APA Press.
Wirth, J. H., Feldberg, F., Schouten, K., van den Hooff, B., & Williams, K. (2012). Using virtual game environments to study group behavior. In A. B. Hollingshead & M. S. Poole (Eds.), Research methods for studying groups: A behind-the-scenes guide (173-198). NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.