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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Craig D. Parks

Assistant Vice-Provost

Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1991

Contact Information

Phone: (509) 335-5581
Website: Interpersonal Processes Lab

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 350: Social Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology 511: Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design
  • Psychology 515: Data Aggregation Techniques
  • Psychology 550: Social Psychology (Graduate)

Research Interests

  • Individual Differences in Cooperative Choice
  • Hostility Toward Cooperators and Collective Goods
  • Psychological Influences on Energy and Resource Consumption

My primary interest is in understanding the internal, individual-level factors that influence a person’s frequency of cooperative responses in an interdependent group setting. An important part of this research is to use it to understand why people sometimes oppose efforts that are directed toward the collective welfare, as well as the role cooperative tendencies play in influencing energy and natural resource consumption. As part of this research we are working with energy companies to survey and test people in the field, as well as collecting experimental lab data. I also work with energy policymakers to help them integrate social psychological insights into national policy.


Selected Publications

Parks, C. D. (in press). Determinants of cooperation in social dilemmas. To appear in D. A. Schroeder & W. G. Graziano (Eds.), Handbook of prosocial behavior. New York: Oxford University Press.

Parks, C. D., Joireman, J., & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2013). Cooperation, trust, and antagonism: How publicly beneficial goods are promoted. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14, 119-165.

Van Lange, P. A. M., Joireman, J. A., Parks, C. D., & van Dijk, E. (2013). The psychology of social dilemmas: A review. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120, 126-141.

Parks, C. D. (2012). Personality influences on group processes: The past, present, and future. In M. Snyder & K. Deaux (Eds.), Handbook of social and personality psychology (pp. 517-544). New York: Oxford University Press.

Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. D. (2012). Perceptions of behaviors that cause and mitigate global warming. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32, 246-259.

Parks, C. D. (2013). Group processes (Vol. I – IV). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Craig Parks

Washington State University