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Laura works as a Principal Researcher with Emma Levine. She earned her PhD and MA in Social Psychology from Ohio State University. She earned her BA from Xavier University, majoring in Organization Communications, with Business, Psychology, and Environmental Studies minors.

Research Interests

Laura's research program examines the psychology of social change, developing basic theory with an eye toward informing policy and interventions targeting issues related to diversity, politics, social movements, education, and health.

To date, her work has centered on three major questions:

  1. When and how do people change their minds?
  2. When will people act in alignment with their beliefs?
  3. How can organizations communicate to foster inclusion and inspiration?

Selected Publications and Presentations

Wallace, L. E., Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (2020). When sources honestly provide their biased opinion: Bias as a distinct perception with independent effects on credibility and persuasion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(3), 439-453.

Wallace, L. E., Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (2020). Influences of source bias that differ from source untrustworthiness: When flip-flopping is more and less surprising. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118(4), 603–616.

Wallace, L. E., Wegener, D. T., Quinn, M. E., & Ross, A. J. (2021). Influences of position justification on perceived bias: Immediate effects and carry-over across persuasive messages. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47(7), 1188-1204.

Philipp-Muller, A., Wallace, L. E., & Wegener, D. T. (2020). Where does moral conviction fit?: A factor analytic approach examining antecedents to attitude strength. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 86, 1-12.

For a complete list of published and in prep work, see my CV on my website: