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Scott T. Allison

Scott T. Allison

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My research program focuses on the behavior and mental construction of heroes, villains, underdogs, great leaders, martyrs, and dead legends. I have written or edited four books on heroic leadership, three of them with George Goethals.

(1) HEROES: WHAT THEY DO & WHY WE NEED THEM, published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

(2) HEROIC LEADERSHIP, published by Routledge in 2013.

(3) REEL HEROES: VOLUME ONE, published by Agile Writers in 2014.

(4) CONCEPTIONS OF LEADERSHIP, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Please visit my HEROES blog offering commentary, analysis, and profiles of specific heroes --

I also provide analysis of movie heroes at REEL HEROES --

Primary Interests:

  • Ethics and Morality
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception

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Journal Articles:

  • Eylon, D., & Allison, S. T. (2005). The frozen in time effect in evaluations of the dead. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1708-1717.
  • Goethals, G. R., & Allison, S. T. (2012). Making heroes: The construction of courage, competence and virtue. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 183-235.
  • Kim, J., Allison, S. T., Eylon, D., Goethals, G., Markus, M., McGuire, H., & Hindle, S. (2008). Rooting for (and then abandoning) the underdog. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2550-2573.

Other Publications:

  • Allison, S. T., & Burnette, J. (2010). Fairness and preference for underdogs and top dogs. In R. Kramer, A. Tenbrunsel, & M. Bazerman, (Eds.), Social decision making: Social dilemmas, social values, and ethical judgments. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2015). “Now he belongs to the ages”: The heroic leadership dynamic and deep narratives of greatness. In Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.), Conceptions of leadership: Enduring ideas and emerging insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2012). The seven paradoxes of heroism. Personality and Social Psychology Connections.
  • Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2008). Deifying the dead and downtrodden: Sympathetic figures as exceptional leaders. In C. L. Hoyt, G. R. Goethals, & D. R. Forsyth (Eds.), Leadership at the crossroads: Psychology and leadership. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Courses Taught:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analyses
  • Social Psychology

Scott T. Allison
Department of Psychology
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
United States

  • Phone: (804) 289-8127
  • Fax: (804) 287-1905

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