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Kaitlin Toner

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Kaitlin Toner

Kaitlin Toner

Office: Buttrick 162

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240

Phone: 615-322-9690
Fax: 615-322-7012

 

Title

Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment
Climate Change Research Network

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • M.A., Social Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • B.A., Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Research Interests

I am a social psychologist interested broadly in how social motivations can promote or prevent sustainable behaviors. My current research projects focus on how people explain away harmful behaviors, how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, and how people’s desire to make a good impression can influence them to adopt climate mitigation behaviors.

Research Projects

  • Legacy concerns and a climate change registry.
    • Collaborators: Michael Vandenbergh
  • Spillover effects among individuals who take pro-environmental actions.
    • Collaborators: Michael Vandenbergh, Amanda Carrico, Heather Truelove

Representative Publications & Talks

Publications

Toner, K., Gan, M., & Leary, M. R. (in press). The impact of individual and group feedback on environmental attitudes and intentions. Environment and Behavior.

Toner, K, Leary, M. R., Asher, M. W., & Jongman-Sereno, K. P. (in press). Feeling superior is a bipartisan issue: Extremity (not direction) of political views predicts perceived belief superiority. Psychological Science.

Leary, M. R. & Toner, K. (in press). Self-processes in the construction and maintenance of personality. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver, (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Leary, M. R., & Toner, K. (2013). Psychological theories of blushing. In W. Crozier & P. J. de Jong (Eds.), The psychological significance of the blush (pp. 63-76). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Leary, M. R. & Toner, K. (2012). Reducing egoistic biases in self-beliefs. In S. Vazire & T. D.Wilson (Eds.), The handbook of self-knowledge (pp. 413-438). New York: Guilford Publications.

Leary, M. R., Toner, K., & Gan, M. (2011). Self, identity, and reactions to distal threats: The case of environmental behavior, Psychological Studies, 56, 159–166.

Isaacowitz, D. M., Toner, K., & Neupert, S.D. (2009). Use of gaze for real-time mood regulation: Effects of age and attentional functioning. Psychology and Aging, 24, 989-994.

Isaacowitz, D. M., Toner, K., Goren, D., & Wilson, H.R. (2008). Looking while unhappy: Mood congruent gaze in young adults, positive gaze in older adults. Psychological Science, 19, 848-853.

Manuscripts in preparation

Legacy concerns and climate change. (with M. Vandenbergh)

Humility (and the lack thereof) about religious beliefs. (with C. Hopkins and R. Hoyle)

Social psychology’s puzzling preoccupation with intrapsychic motives: The importance of distinguishing intrapsychic from interpersonal motives in psychological theory. (with M. Leary, K. Jongman-Sereno, and K. Diebels)

Strategies of accounts: Comparing excuses, justifications, and exceptions. (with M. Leary)

Belief superiority in the environmental domain: Attitude extremity and reactions to fracking. (with M. Leary)

People who hold extreme attitudes feel superior in their beliefs even for trivial issues. (with K. Jongman-Sereno and M. Leary)

Accounting for moral and religious transgressions.

Environmental behavior change and the obstacle of accounts.

Conference proceedings

Jongman-Sereno, K., Toner, K., & Leary, M. R.(2013, May). People who hold extreme attitudes feel superior in their beliefs even for trivial issues. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Toner, K. (2012, October). Choosing between excuses, justifications, and exceptions. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Gainesville, FL.

Leary, M. R. & Toner, K. (2012, October). Intellectual arrogance and humility in liberals and conservatives. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Gainesville, FL.

Toner, K. & Leary, M. R. (2012, June). The effect of explanations for environmental transgressions on impact ratings. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, Charlotte, NC.

Toner, K. (2012, March). Talk your way out: Strategies of accounts. Symposium presentation at the Social Psychology UNC-Duke (SPUD) Conference, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University.

Toner, K. & Leary, M. R. (2012, January). Explaining away irresponsible environmental behavior. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Toner, K. & Leary, M. R. (2011, January). Self-presentation and environmental behavior. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Toner, K., Carrig, M., Neal, D. T., & Wood, W. (2010, November). Excessive choice and the buffering effect of habit on pro-environmental behaviors . Poster presented at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Toner, K., Carrig, M., Neal, D. T., & Wood, W. (2010, January). It’s not easy being green: Choice overload, habits, and the maintenance of pro-environmental behaviors. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.        

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