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.
Some of my research studies explore the nature of the relationship between a source of information and how likely an individual is to believe the information provided by that source. For example, 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 investigated information of an interpersonal nature that is communicated between friends, as well as information received from internet-based media sources. The findings for both interpersonal and internet-based information 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. These findings show it is possible that a well-respected website that simply repeats unreliable information gives the information greater weight (i.e., greater believability). 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. Undergraduate students at High Point University are part of the research team examining these issues.
In addition to my primary area of research, my work with a colleague in the field of athletic training examines the influence cognitive self-evaluations have on athletic trainers’ skill-related confidence, motivation, and success. We published one of our research projects in a journal dedicated to athletic therapy and training.
Groh, N. D. & Hundt, G. M. (2019). Development of a self-efficacy scale in general medical condition assessment and diagnosis. International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training, 24, 249-255.
Hundt, G. M. (2017, November). What I Have Learned as a Department Chair: After One Year vs. After Ten Years. Talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Hundt, G. M. (2013, January). Altering the credibility of a website’s information: The secondary source’s impact. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
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