Elizabeth Majka

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Majka, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Majka was born and raised in LaGrange, Ill., and is delighted to have landed her dream job so close to family and friends. She earned a B.A. from Beloit College and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. As a social psychologist, her research centers broadly on how people maintain a sense of belonging. Specific projects have focused on well-being, prosocial behavior, attitude strength and persuasion, social synchrony and mental state inference. She enjoys mentoring students through research and serving as the advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi.

  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PSY 303 Social Psychology
  • PSY 325 Psychology and Culture
  • PSY 355 Statistics
  • PSY 356 Research Methods
  • PSY 496 Capstone: The Psychology of Happiness
  • KEY 115 January Term (J-Term) Keystone Course
  • Research Mentorship Courses (PSY 249/349/449, PSY 493, PSY 497, etc.)

Majka directs the Elmhurst Social Psychology Lab. In a broad sense, the lab investigates how people successfully maintain a sense of belonging. Specific projects focus on a range of literatures in social psychology including social exclusion, attitude strength and persuasion, mental state inference, impression formation, behavioral synchrony and mimicry, the self, and even the benefits of pet ownership. Students interested in gaining research experience are encouraged to contact Majka. She also serves as the advisor of the Psychology Club.

Recent Student Presentations

White, M., Mazurek, M., Falk, D., & Garretto, A. (2018, May). Social motivation as an antecedent of prosocial spending. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Mazurek, M., White, M., Falk, D., & Garetto, A. (2018, May). Self-construal as a moderator of the prosocial spending effect. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

White, M. (2017, May). The attitude similarity attraction effect is moderated by attitude strength. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Markey, J., & Holmes, M. (2017, April). A clear self-view: Self-concept clarity and well-being in blind and sighted individuals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

White, M. (2017, April). The attitude similarity attraction effect is moderated by attitude strength. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

Markey, J., & Holmes, M. (2016, April). Friends with benefits revisited: Pet ownership in both sighted and blind individuals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Skinner, T., & Tribo, S. (2016, April). Self-construal impacts the need to evaluate. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Simmons, L., Martinez, A.Z., & Miller, K.L. (2016, April). The linguistic expression of attitude strength in writing and speech. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Selected Publications and Presentations

* represents student author

*White, M.W., & Majka, E.A. (2018, March). The road to happiness: Self-enhancement via prosocial spending. Poster presented at the Self and Identity Preconference, Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Majka, E.A., Bennett, K., Guenther, M., Johnson, J., & Sawyer, T. (2018, November). Science bootcamp: A 4-week intensive research experience for 1st year students. Talk presented at the Associated colleges of the Chicago Area Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Joliet, IL.

Zhou, H., Majka, E.A., & Epley, N. (2017). Inferring perspective versus getting perspective. Underestimating the value of being in another person’s shoes. Psychological Science, 1-12.

*Simmons, L.L., *Martinez, A.Z., *Miller, K.L., & Majka, E.A. (2017, May). I definitely kind of know my views on X: Facets of attitude strength are expressed in language. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Majka, E.A., *White, M., *Bowling, L., *Garcia, R., *Skinner, T., & Bennett, K., (2016, April). Socially excluded individuals embrace cross-race mimicry. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Majka, E.A., & Jegerski, J.A. (2016, April). Using hostel travel as a tool to promote cross-cultural exchange and competency. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Cacioppo, S., Zhou, H., Monteleone, G., Majka, E.A., Quinn, K.A., Ball, A., Norman, G., Semin, G.R., & Cacioppo, J.T. (2014). You are in sync with me: Neural correlates of interpersonal synchrony with an adaptive partner. Neuroscience, 277, 842-858.

Eaton, A.A., Majka, E.A., & Visser, P.S. (2008). Emerging perspectives on the structure and function of attitude strength. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 165-20.

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