Chris Wetzel | Associate Professor
Office: 115 Clough Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3986 | Email: wetzel@rhodes.edu

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Prof. Wetzel′s Biography >>

Research Interests

My research interests fall within the general area of social psychology. A central interest is in prejudice and stereotyping where I have 3 inter-related projects going:

  • Causes and consequences of becoming aware of white privilege. Given that our culture subtly provides advantages to White people that are not available to non-Whites, how can awareness be increased and what are the consequences of doing so for people’s racial attitudes? To study these issues, I have developed a computer game/simulation of how racial privilege creates inequity and how it might be reduced. I am currently determining the impact of the game on 35 different race-related constructs and on the player’s moods. 
  • Campus Climate: I am interested in assessing and improving Rhodes’ campus climate regarding diversity issues. Through an internet survey, I have been collecting for the past eight years campus wide assessments of  student perceptions of the climate. My collaborators in this endeavor are Drs. Anita Davis and Carla Shirley plus a host of students.

Another interest area is in "illusion and bias," people’s tendency to be deceived and to make suboptimal judgments. These interests have been shuffled to the back burner:

  • Detecting incompetence. The roles of the illusion of learning, one′s willingness to admit ignorance, and social/conversational norms in making it so difficult for people to recognize imposters and con-artists.

Dr. Wetzel Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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Education

B.A., M.A and Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa)


Courses

Courses I currently teach:

200 - RESEARCH METHODS & STATISTICS
323 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHOLOGY
410 - RESEARCH TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Courses I have taught in the recent past and I may teach again, schedule permitting:

Psychology 110 - EXPLANATIONS OF PARANORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology 309 - HUMAN JUDGMENT & DECISION PSYCHOLOGY