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Matthew Patton - Psychology Department

Office: CRSC 142
Phone: 410-777-7177


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Chicago (2008)
  • Graduate Certificate, Political Psychology, Stanford University (2005)
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Chicago (2005)
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida (1999)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • International Society for Political Psychology
  • Society for Social and Personality Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Patton’s approach to teaching emphasizes the enhancement of critical thinking in the scientific exploration of human nature.  Learning psychological science challenges deeply held intuitions about human nature and forces us to examine what counts as sufficient evidence to revise our intuitions.  The critical thinking skills that psychology students develop empowers them to grow intellectually and acquire a richer understanding of complex social and psychological problems.

Research Interests

As a political psychologist, Dr. Patton is primarily interested in the scientific study of ideology.  Specifically, Dr. Patton is interested in how people’s social identities, their stereotypes about their political adversaries, and their intuitions about justice all shape their attitudes and increase political polarization.