Diane M. Mackie

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Diane M. Mackie is a social psychologist and professor known for her research in the fields of intergroup relations and social influence. She has ongoing work on the nature of social emotions and how social emotions partake in prejudice and discrimination. She has authored many chapters on social influence and intergroup relations, and is a co-author with Elliot R. Smith of an introductory social psychology textbook.[1] She is an honored recipient of the Western Psychological Association Outstanding Researcher Award in 1992, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues's Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Award in 1998.


Mackie received her BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After completing her BA and MA, she worked as a research assistant for a year at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She attended Princeton University and received her MA and PhD in social psychology in 1984. In the same year, she was hired by University of California, Santa Barbara as a professor of psychology. Mackie is an author to over 100 articles and chapters on social influences and intergroup relations.


Mackie's main focus and interest for research is based on attitudes and beliefs, emotion, mood and effect, intergroup relations, persuasion, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice, self-identity and self cognition. She is best known for her research on two issues in the field of social psychology: intergroup relations and social influence. She has focused on how cognitive, affective and motivational processes can influence people's feelings, behavior, and also how they can be changed. Mackie's work addresses topics such as how social emotions play a role in discrimination.

Representative publications[edit]

  • Garcia-Marques, T., Mackie, D.M., Claypool, H. M., & Garcia-Marques,L. (2004). Positivity can cue familiarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 585-593.
  • Garcia-Marques, T., Mackie, D. M., Claypool, H. M., & Garcia-Marques, L. (2010). Is it familiar or positive? Mutual facilitation of response latencies. Social Cognition. 28, 205-218.
  • Mackie, D. M., Devos, T., & Smith, E. R. (2000). Intergroup emotions: explaining offensive action tendencies in an intergroup context. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(4), 602-616.
  • Mackie, D.M., Maitner, A.T., & Smith, E.R. (2009). Intergroup Emotion Theory. In T.D. Nelson (Ed.) Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination (pp. 285–308). New York: Psychology Press
  • Mackie, D.M., & Smith, E.R. (1998). Intergroup Relations: Insights from a theoretically integrative approach. Psychological Review, 105, 499-529.
  • Mackie, D.M., Smith, E.R. & Ray, D.G. (2008). Intergroup emotions and intergroup relations. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 2, 1866-1880.
  • Moons, W. G., Mackie, D. M., Garcia-Marques, T. (2009). The impact of repetition-induced familiarity on agreement with weak and strong arguments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 32-44.
  • Ray, D.G., Mackie, D.M., Rydell, R.J., Smith, E.R. (2008). Changing categorization of self can change emotions about outgroups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1210-1213.
  • Rydell, R. J., McConnell, A. R., Mackie, D. M., & Strain, L. M. (2006). Of two minds: Forming and changing valence-inconsistent implicit and explicit attitudes. Psychological Science, 17, 954-958.
  • Smith, E.R., Seger, C. R., & Mackie, D.M. (2007). Can emotions be truly group level? Evidence for four conceptual criteria. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 431-446.


  1. ^ Smith, Eliot R.; Mackie, Diane M. (2006). Social psychology (3rd ed.). New York: Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-84169-408-5.

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