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Michael Leippe

Michael Leippe

Throughout my academic career, I have been pursuing issues within two broad areas of inquiry. One area is social influence and attitudes, including cognitive dissonance theory. I have been interested in the determinants and processes of social influence and attitude change in a range of situations, including mass media-like persuasion settings, personal feedback settings, and interpersonal settings. As well, my research has focused on several targets of influence and persuasion, including people's attitude positions on socio-political issues, their self-concepts, and their prejudice and stereotypes.

The second overarching area is psychology and law, especially what we might call eyewitness behavior. I have been exploring the accuracy and confidence of memory reports and, more recently, how they are received, interpreted, judged, and used by factfinders (e.g., jurors, police, clinical interviewers, etc.).

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity


Journal Articles:

  • Eisenstadt, D., & Leippe, M. R. (1994). The self-comparison process and self-discrepant feedback: Consequences of learning you are what you thought you were not. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 611-626.
  • Eisenstadt, D., Leippe, M. R., Rivers, J. A., & Stambush, M. A. (2003). Counterattitudinal advocacy on a matter of prejudice: Effects of distraction, commitment and personal importance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33(10), 2123-2152.
  • Eisenstadt, D., Leippe, M. R., Stambush, M. A., Rauch, S. M., & Rivers, J. A. (2005). Dissonance and prejudice: Personal costs, choice, and change in attitudes and racial beliefs following counter-attitudinal advocacy that benefits a minority. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 7, 127-141.
  • Leippe, M. R. (1995). The case for expert testimony about eyewitness memory. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 1, 909-959.
  • Leippe, M. R., & Eisenstadt, D. (1994). The generalization of dissonance reduction: Decreasing prejudice through induced compliance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 395-413.
  • Leippe, M. R., Eisenstadt, D., & Rauch, S. M. (2009). Cueing confidence in eyewitness identifications: Influence of biased lineup instructions and pre-identification memory feedback under varying lineup conditions. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 194-212.
  • Leippe, M. R., Eisenstadt, D., Rauch, S. M., & Stambush, M. (2006). Effects of social-comparative memory feedback on eyewitnesses’ identification confidence, suggestibility, and retrospective memory reports. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 201-220.
  • Leippe, M. R., Eisenstadt, D., Rauch, S. M., et al. (2004). Timing of eyewitness expert testimony, jurors' need for cognition, and case strength as determinants of trial verdicts. Journal of Applied Psychology, 89(3), 524-541.
  • Leippe, M. R., Manion, A. P., & Romanczyk, A. (1992). Eyewitness persuasion: How and how well do factfinders judge the accuracy of adults' and children's memory reports? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 181-197.
  • Leippe, M. R., Romanczyk, A., & Manion, A. P. (1991). Eyewitness memory for a touching experience: Accuracy differences between child and adult witnesses. Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 367-379.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Attitudes and Attitude Change
  • Forensic Eperimental Psychology and Law
  • General Psychology
  • Persuasion, Compliance, Mind Control
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Psychology and Law
  • Research Methods
  • Social Influence in the Legal System
  • Social Psychology

Michael Leippe
Department of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
445 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
United States of America

  • Phone: (646) 557-4626
  • Fax: (212) 237-8930

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