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Elizabeth M. Niedbala

I am a fifth year graduate student in the SITH lab. I am originally from the Chicagoland area and I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. My research focuses on group members' behavioral, attitudinal, and physiological reactions to complex situations including aversive emotions, uncertainty, risk, pain, and stress. Current projects of mine are testing how uncertainty influences perceived prototypicality and self-stereotyping, group member responses to ostracism, and the physiological markers of uncertainty.

Harming Your Rivals Is Not Only Satisfying, But Also Suppresses Physical Pain

You might be familiar with the concept called schadenfreude — feeling pleasure from another person’s pain. Schadenfreude is not only felt between individuals, but also between social groups. For instance, ingroup members feel satisfied after witnessing a rival group’s misfortune1 […]