Shannon Callahan

Social Psychology PhD student, University of California, Davis

I am a doctoral student studying social cognition at the University of California, Davis.

I am broadly interested in studying motivation and group identity. Generally, my research tends to focus on how the identities, attitudes, and goals of different groups contribute to intergroup relations and group perception. I also study how basic motives (such as the need to belong) influence the expression of group identity.

More specifically, much of my research these days is on group identity symbols, such as property, monuments, flags, and logos. I'm interested in the mechanisms and motivations regarding why group symbols are important to us, what effects symbols may have on different social cognitive processes, and the implications of symbols for intergroup and intragroup interactions.


  • 2009–present
    Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis
  • 2007–2009
    Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Seton Hall University


  • 2009 
    Seton Hall University, Master of Science, Experimental Psychology
  • 2006 
    Juniata College, Bachelor of Science, Peace Psychology


  • 2012
    The social side of abstraction: Psychological distance enhances conformity to group norms, Psychological Science

Research Areas

  • Social And Community Psychology (170113)