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Benjamin Giguère

Benjamin Giguère

Broadly speaking, I conduct research that aims to further our understanding of the role of socio-cultural influences on human motivation and behavior, particularly in the contexts of racial and ethnic disparities in health, immigration and biculturalism, as well as social conflicts.

For the most part, my research examines: (a) some of the cognitive processes through which individuals derive identities and norms from socio-cultural groups, (b) the impact of group membership on human motivation, particularly with regards to the acquisition and maintenance of health-related behaviors and involvement in intergroup conflicts, and (c) approaches to change group processes that foster social dysfunction.

These interests have led to projects illustrating the powerful influence of socio-cultural groups on a range of behaviors (e.g., binge drinking, physical activity, procrastination, political demonstration) and on psychological well-being (e.g., self-esteem, life satisfaction, social anxiety).

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56862

Benjamin Giguère
Department of Psychology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

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