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Psychology

Allison Seitchik

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Allison Seitchik earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology from Northeastern University and a B.A. in psychology from The George Washington University. Her most recent professional experience was at Harvard University as a Harvard College fellow. Seitchik’s research on the effects of stereotype threat and motivation on performance has been published and presented at national conferences.

Degree(s)

B.A., Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
M.A., Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston
Ph.D., Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston

Professional Experience

My primary research interest is in motivation and performance. Motivation is our drive, our passion, our reason to exert effort and achieve something. Most of the things we do have an end goal, whether it is to get an A in the class, be a good person, take out the trash, etc. I am interested in what motivates us, what drives us to act one way versus another way in order to achieve a goal, and why and how certain aspects of a situation influence us while others do not. If you are interested in finding out more about this line of research, please ask me about it.

In a newer line of research, I examine the effects of implicit biases and stereotypes. One avenue in this line of research involves juries and how implicit biases impact their verdicts. I am interested in group processes, especially how individuals influence each other’s behaviors. I would like to examine how implicit biases influence the individual’s decision-making process and, thus, influence other jurors’ decision-making processes.

I have co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and 15 conference proceedings. Below are some selected works.

Research

Selected Publications

Seitchik, A. E., & Harkins, S. G. (2014). The effects of nonconscious and conscious goals on performance. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 99-110.

Conference Proceedings

Seitchik, A. E., & Harkins, S. G. (2012, January). The effects of achievement goals and difficult, specific goals on complex Remote Associate Task performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Seitchik, A. E., & Harkins, S. G. (2011, January). The effects of nonconscious and conscious goals on performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Contact

seitchika@merrimack.edu
978-837-3575

Office

Sullivan 307