Heather Claypool

Heather Claypool


314 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056


  • Ph.D. Purdue University, Social Psychology 2002
  • M.S. Purdue University, Social Psychology 1999
  • B.S. Indiana State University, Psychology 1996

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests focus on social psychology, belonging, and social cognition. I enjoy teaching seminars on social ostracism and belonging. I also enjoy teaching social cognition at different levels, including a broad introductory course, a capstone course, and a graduate-level seminar.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the consequences of social belonging and social ostracism. Research in my lab has shown that social ostracism can engender a range of responses, including a heightened ability to discriminate between others’ real and “fake” smiles, to individuate others during impression formation, and to feel pain. Other current work focuses on how feelings of belonging shape our attitudes toward groups.

Professional Recognition

  • Council, Midwestern Psychological Association (elected member, 2019-2021)
  • Program Committee, Midwestern Psychological Association (2017-2019)
  • Associate Editor, Basic & Applied Social Psychology (2010-2013)
  • Associate Editor, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (2013-2016)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , European Journal of Social Psychology , British Journal of Social Psychology , Social Cognition , Social Psychological & Personality Science
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Fellow; Midwestern Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Published over 40 articles

Selected Publications

  • Smith, E. R., Mackie, D. M., & Claypool, H. M. (2015). Social psychology, 4th edition. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Claypool, H. M., Mackie, D. M., & Garcia-Marques, T. (2015). Fluency and attitudes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 370-382.
  • Claypool, H. M., & Bernstein, M. J. (2014). Social exclusion and stereotyping: Why and when exclusion fosters individuation of others. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 106, 571-589.
  • Claypool, H. M., Housley, M. K., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Mackie, D. M. (2012). Easing in: Fluent processing brings others into the ingroup. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 15, 441-455.
  • Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Sacco, D. F., & Claypool, H. M. (2008). Adaptive responses to social exclusion: Social rejection improves detection of real and fake smiles. Psychological Science, 19, 981-983.


  • National Science Foundation:"Collaborative research: Social exclusion as a determinant of individuation and stereotyping"
  • National Science Foundation: “The social-behavioral consequences of fluency: How processing ease guides intergroup contact, goal pursuit, and behavioral mimicry”