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Anca Miron, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & IRB Chair

Office: CLOW F027
Phone: (920) 424-2328

Anca Miron received her MA and PhD degrees in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas and her BA and MA in Psychology from the University of Iasi, Romania.

Dr. Miron is an emotion/motivation researcher interested in issues related to emotional intensity and emotion regulation. A second line of research explores the mechanisms underlying sensory interactions in close relationships. A third line of work investigates how people make justice judgments and whether group members shift their definitions of justice as a function of their current motivational goals.

She teaches General Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology Seminar (undergraduate and graduate), Multivariate Statistics (graduate), and Theoretical Conceptualizations in Psychology (graduate).

Representative Publications

  • Miron, A. M., McFadden, S. H., Nazario, A., & Buelow, J. (in press). Perspective taking, empathic concern, and humanness standards of people with dementia, Educational Gerontology.
  • Miron, A. M., McFadden, S. H., Hermus, N., Buelow, J., Nazario, A., & Seelman, K. (in press). Contact and perspective taking improve perceptions of humanness of older adults and people with dementia: A cross-sectional survey study. International Psychogeriatrics.
  • Miron, A. M., Thompson, A., Ebert, A. & McFadden, S. (in press). Young adults' concerns and coping strategies related to their interactions with their grandparents and great-grandparents with dementia. Dementia.
  • Miron, A. M., Wicklund, R. A., Diestelmann, M., Moore, T., & Schroeder, H. (2015). Perspective taking and specificity of sensory contact, Journal of Relationships Research, 6, 1-13. DOI:
  • Miron, A. M. & Branscombe, N. R. (in press). Motivated appraisals of ingroup harm and avoidance of collective guilt. In Y. Araki & M. Karasawa (Eds.), The Handbook of Political Psychology Series: Politics and Intergroup Relations.
  • Miron, A. M., & Branscombe, N. R. (2014). Protecting moral identity in intergroup contexts. In M.N. Quiles, J.F. Morales, S. Fernández, and M.D. Morera (Eds.), The psychology of evil (pp. 63-81). Madrid: Group 5.
  • Pantaleo, G., Miron, A. M., Ferguson, M. A., & Frankowski, S. (2014). Effects of deterrence on intensity of group identification and efforts to protect group identity. Motivation and Emotion (Special Issue on Effort), 38, 855-865. DOI 10.1007/s11031-014-9440-3.
  • Tahlier, M., Miron, A. M., & Rauscher, F. H. (2013). Music choice as sadness regulation strategy in resolved versus unresolved sad events. Psychology of Music, 41, 729-748. doi:10.1177/0305735612446537
  • Miron, A.M., Rauscher, F. H., Reyes, A., Gavel, D., & Lechner, K. K. (2012). Full-dimensionality of relating in romantic relationships. Journal of Relationships Research, 3, 67-80. doi:10.1017/jrr.2012.8.
  • Miron, A. M., Ferguson, M. A., & Peterson, A. (2011). Difficulty of refusal to assist the outgroup nonmonotonically affects the intensity of prejudiced affect. Motivation and Emotion, 45, 484-498.
  • Miron, A. M., Warner, R., & Branscombe, N. R. (2011). Accounting for group differences in appraisals of social inequality: Differential injustice standards, British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Miron, A. M. & Brehm, J. W. (2011). Emotional intensity theory and its cardiovascular implications for emotional states. R. A. Wright & G. H. E. Gendolla (Eds.), How motivation affects cardiovascular response: Mechanisms and applications (pp. 121-137), Washington, DC: APA Press.
  • Miron, A. M., Branscombe, N. R, & Biernat, M. R. (2010). Motivated shifting of justice standards. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 768-779.
  • Miron, A. M., Knepfel, D., & Parkinson, S. K. (2009). The surprising effect of partner flaws and qualities on romantic affect. Motivation and Emotion, 33, 261-276.
  • Brehm, J. W., Miron, A. M, & Miller, K. (2009). Affect as a motivational state. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1069-1089.
  • Miron, A. M., Brummett, B. H., Ruggles, B., & Brehm, J. W. (2008). Deterring anger and anger-motivated behaviors. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 326-338.
  • Miron, A. M., & Branscombe, N. R. (2008). Social categorization, standards of justice, and collective guilt. In A. Nadler, T. Malloy, & J. Fisher (Eds.), Social psychology of intergroup reconciliation. (pp. 77-97), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Miron, A. M., Parkinson, S. K., & Brehm, J. W. (2007). Does happiness have a motivational function? Cognition and Emotion, 21, 248-267.
  • Brehm, J. W. & Miron, A. M. (2006). Can the simultaneous experience of opposing emotions really occur? Motivation and Emotion , 30, 13-30.
  • Miron, A. M., & Brehm, J. W. (2006). Reactance theory – 40 years later. Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 37, 9-18.
  • Miron, A. M., Branscombe, N. R., & Schmitt, M. T. (2006). Collective guilt as distress over illegitimate intergroup inequality. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9, 163-180.
  • Branscombe, N. R., & Miron, A. M. (2004). Interpreting the ingroup’s negative actions toward another group: Emotional reactions to appraised harm. In L. Z. Tiedens & C. W. Leach (Eds.), The social life of emotion (pp. 314-335). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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