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Cindy McPherson Frantz

Cindy McPherson Frantz

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I have two main research interests. I conduct research in collaboration with Stephan Mayer on humans' psychological relationship with the natural world. We have developed a scale to measure connectedness to nature. In our research, we demonstrate that connectedness to nature is a better predictor of environmentally friendly behavior than are attitudes. It also correlates with several health and well-being indices. Currently, we are exploring the extent to which connection to nature fulfills the need to belong.

I also study perspective taking, particularly in conflict situations. Currently, I am studying the processes underlying perspective taking, with a focus on self-projection and attribution.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Causal Attribution
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes

Journal Articles:

  • Frantz, C. M. (2006). I AM being fair: Naive realism and the backfiring effect of fairness motivation in conflicts. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Frantz, C. M., & Bennigson, C. (2005). Better late than early: The influence of timing on apology effectiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 201-207.
  • Frantz, C. M., Cuddy, A., Burnett, M., Ray, H., & Hart, A. (2004). A threat in the computer: The Race Implicit Association Test as a stereotype threat experience. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1611-1624.
  • Frantz, C. M., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2000). Considering both sides: The limits of perspective-taking. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 22, 32-41.
  • Frantz, C. M., Mayer, F. S., Norton, C., & Rock, M. (2005). There is no “I” in nature: The influence of self awareness on connectedness to nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology.
  • Frantz, C. M., & Seburn, M. (2003). Are argumentative people better or worse at seeing both sides? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20, 565-573.
  • Mayer, F. S., & Frantz, C. M. (2004). The Connectedness to Nature Scale: A measure of individuals’ feeling in community with nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 24, 504-515.
  • Mayer, F. S., Frantz, C. M., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., & Dolliver, K. (2009). Why is nature restorative? An integration of two competing explanations. Environment and Behavior.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • The Psychology of Social Conflict

Cindy McPherson Frantz
Department of Psychology
Oberlin College
120 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
United States

  • Phone: (440) 775-8499
  • Fax: (440) 775-8356

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