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Radmila Prislin

Radmila Prislin

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Dr. Prislin's research interests are in the areas of attitudes and persuasion, as well as social influence. In the persuasion domain, Dr. Prislin focuses on persuasion as social interaction that affords influence opportunities to all the involved parties whose positions of the source and the target of influence may change over time. In this line of research, Dr. Prislin's research team has examined the feedback effects of the persuaders’ influence attempts on their subsequent ability and motivation to exert influence. In the social influence domain, Dr. Prislin is particularly interested in the effects of successful social influence effected by minority sources. Her research team examines how social change that occurs when minorities become majorities and vice versa affects group dynamics, including identification with a group and its factions, and use of power. Her research team also examines various influence strategies that minorities may use in their pursuit of social change.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Persuasion, Social Influence


  • Crano, W.D. & Prislin, R. (2008). Attitudes and persuasion. New York: Psychology Press.

Journal Articles:

  • Christensen, P.N., Prislin, R., & Jacobs, E. (2009). Motives for social influence after change: Are new majorities power hungry? Social Influence, 4, 200-215.
  • Crano, W.D., & Prislin, R. (2006). Attitudes and persuasion. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 345-374.
  • Prislin, R., Boyle, S., Davenport, C., Farley, A., Jacobs, E. Michalak, J., Uehara, K., Zandian, F., & Xu, Y. (2011). On being influenced while trying to persuade: The feedback effect of persuasion outcomes to the persuader. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 51-58.
  • Prislin, R., Brewer, M., & D. J. Wilson (2002). Changing majority and minority positions within a group vs. an aggregate. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 640-647.
  • Prislin, R., & Christensen, P.N. (2005). The effects of social change within a group on membershippreferences: To leave or not to leave. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 595-609.
  • Prislin, R., & Christensen, P.N. (2002). Group conversion versus group expansion as modes of change in majority and minority positions: All losses hurt but only some gains gratify. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 1095-1102.
  • Prislin, R., & Filson, J. (2009). seeking conversion vs. advocating tolerance in pursuit of social change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 811-822.
  • Prislin, R., Levine, J.M., Christensen, P.N. (2006). When reasons matter: Quality of support affects reactions to inceasing and consistent support. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 593-601.
  • Prislin, R., Limbert, W. M., & Bauer, E. (2000). From majority to minority and vice versa: The asymmetrical effects of losing and gaining majority position within a group. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 385-397.
  • Prislin, R., & P.N. Christensen (2006). Social change in the aftermath of successful minority influence. European Review of Social Psychology, Vol 16, 75-111.
  • Prislin, R., Sawicki, V., & Williams, D.K. (in press). New majorities' abuse of power: Effects of perceived control and social support. Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relations.

Other Publications:

  • Prislin, R. (2010). Persuasion as social interaction. In J. Forgas, J. Cooper, & W. Crano (Eds.). The psychology of attitude and attitude change (pp. 215-230). New York: Psyhcology Press.
  • Prislin, R., Davenport, C., & Michalak, J. (2011). Groups in transition: Differences in the context of social change. In J. Jetten & M. Hornsey (Eds.). Rebels in groups: Dissent, deviance, difference, and defiance (pp. 181-200). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Prislin, R., & Wood, W. (2005). Social influence: The role of social consensus in attitudes and attitude change. In D. Albarracín, B. T. Johnson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), The Handbook of Attitudes and Attitude Change (pp. 671-706). Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Seminar
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Psychology

Radmila Prislin
Department of Psychology
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182
United States

  • Phone: (619) 594-3561
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