226 School of Education
Ph.D. 1998 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Experimental/Social Psychology, Graduate Minor in Statistics
Dissertation: The Cost of Thinking: Cost’s Impact on Attitudes within a Reasons Analysis Paradigm.
M.A 1994 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Master’s Thesis: Cost’s Influence on Perceived Value.
B.A. 1991 Wake Forest University
Psychology (Cum Laude)
My research interests focus on individuals’ attitudes and factors related to social influence and motivation. I am currently examining two distinct research questions within this broad area.
What is the nature of the relationship between a source of information and how likely someone is to believe the information provided by that source? Specifically, have you ever heard something interesting from a trusted source and really believed it was true, only to realize your source was just repeating the information from another source you consider completely unreliable? Can we be fooled by the veracity of a rumor just because we heard it separately from two people, even if one of them got it started by telling the other? I am researching these questions and others related to the believability of social information. My research has explored information of an interpersonal nature that is communicated between friends, as well as information from media sources, including information found on the Internet. The findings for information communicated between friends indicates that people do tend to give greater weight (i.e., increase accuracy, believability, and reliability) to information that comes from a reliable source even though the source they heard it from is just repeating it from an unreliable source. Preliminary findings also indicate this same relationship extends to other media sources including the Internet. These findings show it is possible that a well-respected website, which simply repeats unreliable information, gives the information much greater weight. This increase in a piece of information’s believability occurs even when people realize the trusted website obtained the information solely from an unreliable source. This work is being conducted with undergraduate students at High Point University.
Do attitudes and stereotypes exist based on an individual’s name and whether it is masculine, feminine or gender neutral? Is a woman with a very feminine name judged as more feminine than a woman with a masculine name? Will people rate an identical description and picture of a man differently in terms of his masculinity if they are told his name is Jane versus being told his name is Max? These are questions which I am currently exploring with my colleague at High Point University, Dr. Kirsten Li-Barber, and undergraduate students at High Point University. We are examining this issue from a number of perspectives. Specifically, does the name parents select for their child have long-term developmental consequences? Can one’s name alter their future occupational choices? Overall, does an individual’s name carry positive or negative consequences for another person’s judgment of that individual?
2000 Psi Chi Outstanding Professor
Hundt, G. M. (2011). Departmental Dynamics: A Social Psychologist’s Perspective. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Hundt, G. M. (2011). I heard it from him, so it must be true: Bias in judgment of rumors. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
Hundt, G. M. (2008). What I have Learned as a Department Chair. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Battle, K. C.*, & Hundt, G. M. (2004, April). The role of self-generation in mood induction: The effect of personalized photographs. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Seta, J. J., Seta, C. E., & Hundt, G. M. (2001). Exaggerating the differences between relatively successful and unsuccessful groups: Identity orientation as a perceptual lens. Group Dynamics, 5(1), 19-32.
Hoffman, K. P.*, & Hundt, G. M., (2000, March). Need for achievement and the perceived value of comparison information. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
Hundt, G. M. (1998). The cost of thinking: Cost’s impact on attitudes within a reasons analysis paradigm. Dissertation Abstracts International, 59(5B), 2486.
Seta, J. J., Hundt, G. M., & Seta, C. E. (1995). Cost’s influence on attitudes and value: Beyond dissonance theory. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 17, 267- 283.
* High Point University student