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Joan G. Miller

Joan G. Miller

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I received my B.A. from Barnard College and my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. My research interests include culture and social motivation; culture and the development of theory of mind; close relationships, interpersonal reciprocity, and social support; social cognition and moral development; adolescence and parent-child relationships; and cultural psychology. I am a professor of psychology and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the New School for Social Research.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Miiller, J.G., Chakravarthy, S. & Das, R. (2008). The moral emotions of guilt and satisfaction: A cross-cultural perspective. European Journal of Developmental Science, 2, 236-250.
  • Miller, J. G. (2002). Bringing culture to basic psychological theory: Beyond individualism and collectivism: Comment on Oyserman et al. (2002). Psychological Bulletin, 128(1), 97-109.
  • Miller, J. G. (1999). Cultural psychology: Implications for basic psychological theory. Psychological Science, 10, 85-91.
  • Miller, J. G. (1994). Cultural diversity in the morality of caring: Individually oriented versus duty-based interpersonal moral codes. Cross Cultural Research, 28, 3-39.
  • Miller, J. G. (1984). Culture and the development of everyday social explanation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 46, 961-978.
  • Miller, J. G., & Bersoff, D. B. (1998). The role of liking in perceptions of the moral responsibility to help: A cultural perspective. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 34, 443-469.
  • Miller, J. G., & Bersoff, D. M. (1994). Cultural influences on the moral status of reciprocity and the discounting of endogenous motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. In D. Miller & D. Prentice (Eds.), Special issue on "The self and the collective: Groups within individuals", 20, 5, 592-602.
  • Miller, J. G., & Bersoff, D. M. (1992). Culture and moral judgment: How are conflicts between justice and interpersonal responsibilities resolved? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 62, 541-554.
  • Miller, J. G., Bland, C., Kallberg-Shroff, M., Tseng, C-Yi, Montes-George, J., Ryan, K., Das, R. & Chakravarthy, S. (2014). Culture and the role of exchange vs. communal norms in friendship. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53, 79-83
  • Miller, J.G., Das, R., & Chakravarthy, S. (2011). Culture and the role of choice in agency. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 46-61.
  • Miller, J., & Kinsbourne, M. (2012). Culture and neuroscience in developmental psychology: Contributions and challenges. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 35-41.
  • Wellman, H.M. & Miller, J.G. (2006). Developing conceptions of responsive intentional agents. Culture and Cognition, 6, 27-55.
  • Wellman, H., & Miller, J. (2008). Including deontic reasoning as fundamental to theory of mind. Human Development, 51, 105-135.

Other Publications:

  • Miller, J.G. (2006). Cultural psychology of moral development. In S. Kitayama & D.Cohen (Eds.). Handbook of Cultural Psychology (pp. 477-499). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Miller, J. G. (2003). Culturally sensitive research questions and methods in social psychology. In C. Sansone, C.C. Morf, & A. T. Panter (Eds.), Sage handbook of methods in social psychology (pp. 93-116). Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Miller, J. G. (2003). Culture and agency: Implications for psychological theories of motivation and social development. In V. Murphy-Berman & J. Berman (Eds.), Nebraska symposium on motivation: Cross-cultural differences in perspectives on the self (Vol. 49, pp. 59-99). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Miller, J. G. (2001). Culture and moral development. In D. Matsumoto (Ed.), The handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 151-169). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller, J. G. (2001). The cultural grounding of social psychological theory. In A. Tesser & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of social psychology: Volume 1. Intrapersonal Processes (pp. 22-43). Blackwell: Oxford, UK.
  • Miller, J.G., & Boyle, J. Patrick. (2013). Culture and social psychology. In T. Millon & M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of psychology: Vol. 5, Personality and social psychology 2/e, (pp. 507-528.) New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Courses Taught:

  • Cultural Psychology
  • Culture and the Development of Thought
  • Development of Morality and Social Cognition
  • Research Methods in Developmental and Social Psychology

Joan G. Miller
Department of Psychology
New School for Social Research
80 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011
United States

  • Phone: (212) 229-5727, ext. 3106
  • Fax: (212) 989-0846

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