Allison E. Seitchik

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Psychology

Administrative Support

  • Group Dynamics
  • Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Sport Psychology

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. In an other line of research, I examine the effects of implicit biases and stereotypes. I am interested in group processes, especially how individuals influence each other’s behaviors. For instance, how might implicit biases influence a juror’s decision-making process and, thus, influence other jurors’ decision-making processes?

  • Ph.D. Psychology Northeastern University
  • M.A. Psychology Northeastern University
  • B.A. Psychology George Washington University
  • Gender
  • Implicit Bias
  • Motivation
  • Performance
  • Race and Ethnicity

Hardway, C., Seitchik, A. E., Kurdziel, L. B. F., Stroud, M. J., LaTorre, J. T., and LeBert, C. (in press). “Online and Classroom Simulations: Does Video Use Inspire Interest, Comprehensibility or Active Learning Outcomes?” Journal of Educational Computing Research.

Singh, T., Seitchik, A., and Hirsh, D. (2017, October). “Changes in Motivation in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Students During Their Clinical Years.” Oral presentation given at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships, Singapore.

DeStefano, A., Toebes, K., Flowers, J., and Seitchik, A. E. (2017, May). “Implicit Bias, Memory, Punishment and Race in Jury Decision-Making.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Seitchik, A. E., Brown, A., and Harkins, S. G. (2016). “Threat-Induced Potentiation of Prepotent Response Model.” In S. G. Harkins, K. Williams, and J. Burger (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of social influence. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

  • Faculty Development Grant, Merrimack College, 2018
  • Student Research-based Experiential Learning Micro-Grant, Interdisciplinary Institute, Merrimack College, 2018