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R. Scott Tindale

R. Scott Tindale

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Most of my research involves issues of information processing and social influence in individual and group decision making. Specifically, my recent research has focused on how group members can share certain representations of a task (or certain cognitive processes/heuristics activated by the task) and how these shared representations impact on group decision performance and intra-group influence processes.

For example, although groups often outperform individuals in many task domains, we have found that for certain types of decision problems (particularly those involving the use of probabilistic information), groups perform below the levels of an average individual. In such cases, we have found that dominant, but biased, task representations shared among the group members tend to give factions favoring alternatives consistent with such representations greater power within the group. I am also interested in the effects of procedures on group performance, and on how group members perceive procedures, particularly in terms of procedural fairness and efficiency. My applied interests revolve around legal settings, particularly as they relate to juries, and decision making groups in organizations.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Persuasion, Social Influence


Journal Articles:

  • Hinsz, V. B., Tindale, R. S., & Nagao, D. H. (2008). Accentuation of information processes and biases in group judgments integrating base-rate and case-specific information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 116-126.
  • Hinsz, V. B., Tindale, R. S., & Vollrath, D. A. (1997). The emerging conception of groups as information processors. Psychological Bulletin, 121, 43-64.
  • Kashima, Y., Kashima, E. S., Bain, P., Lyons, A., Tindale, R. S., Robins, G., Vears, C., & Whelan, J. (2010). Communication and essentialism: Grounding the shared reality of a social category. Social Cognition, 28, 306-328.
  • Sabina, C., & Tindale, R. S. (2008). Abuse characteristics and coping resources as predictors of problem-focused coping strategies among battered women. Violence Against Women, 14, 437-456.
  • Stawiski, S., Tindale, R. S., & Dykema-Engblade, A. (2009). The effects of ethical climate on group and individual level deception in negotiation. International Journal of Conflict Management, 20, 287-308.
  • Tindale, R. S., & Kameda, T. (2000). "Social sharedness" as a unifying theme for information processing in groups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 3, 123-140.
  • van Ginkel, W., Tindale, R. S., & van Knippenberg, D. (2009). Team reflexivity, development of shared task representations, and the use of distributed information in group decision making. Group Dynamics, 13, 265-280.

Other Publications:

  • Kerr, N. L., & Tindale, R. S. (2004). Small group decision making and performance. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 623-656.
  • Tindale, R. S., Nadler, J., Krebel, A., & Davis, J. H. (2001). Procedural mechanisms and jury behavior. In M. A. Hogg & R. S. Tindale (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of social psychology: Group processes. London: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Tindale, R. S., Smith, C. M., Thomas, L. S., Filkins, J., & Sheffey, S. (1996). Shared representations and asymmetric social influence processes in small groups. In J. Davis, & E. Witte (Eds.), Understanding group behavior: Consensual action by small groups (Vol. 1). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Dynamics
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics

R. Scott Tindale
Department of Psychology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States of America

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