University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Elizabeth Pinel

Social Psychology

Elizabeth Pinel

Elizabeth Pinel
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director

  • B.A. Hamilton College, 1992
  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1998
  • C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-8302
Room: 348

Office Hours: By appointment only



I conduct research on the self, paying special attention to the importance of feeling understood by others. This focus emerges most vividly in my work on shared subjective experience, or I-sharing. When two people I-share, they believe that they have had an identical experience, and this makes them feel less alone in their own experience of reality. Our research concentrates on the role that I-sharing plays play in liking for strangers and loved ones alike, as well as whether such experiences promote prosocial outcomes.

I am also starting an interdisciplinary collaboration on the effects of diet and nutrition on psychological well-being and interpersonal functioning.  We ask questions such as whether the food people eat affects their physical well-being in subtle ways that nonetheless impact their ability to tolerate stress, concentrate, and interact with others effectively, meaningfully, and productively


Members of the Seeing I Laboratory pursue research pertaining to the subjective self, the I. We are currently working on projects that examine the effects of shared subjective experience (i.e., I-sharing).

Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2016
Dr. Pinel is potentially accepting students who would enter the program in the Fall of 2016.  She especially seeks students with interests that span both her work on I-sharing and her interdisciplinary work on diet.

Representative Publications

  • Pinel, E. C., & Long, A. E. (2012). When I’s meet: Sharing subjective experience with a member of the outgroup. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 296-307.
  • Pinel, E. C., Long, A. E., & Crimin, L. A. (2010). I-sharing and a classic conformity paradigm. Social Cognition, 28, 277-289.
  • Bosson, J. K., Pinel, E. C., & Vandello, J. A. (2010). The impact of benevolent sexism: Folk beliefs versus real experiences. Sex Roles, 62, 520-531.
  • Pinel, E. C., Long, A. E., & Crimin, L. A. (2008). We're warmer (they're more competent): I-sharing and African Americans' evaluations of the ingroup and outgroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 1184-1192.
  • Pinel, E.C., Long, A. E., Laundau, M., Stanley, K., & Pyszczynski, T. (2006). Seeing I to I: A pathway to interpersonal connectedness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 243-257.
  • Pinel, E. C., Long, A. E., Landau, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2004). I-sharing, the problem of existential isolation, and their implications for interpersonal and intergroup phenomena. In Greenberg, J., S. Koole, & T. Pyszczynski (Eds.), Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology (pp. 352-368). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Pinel, E. C. (1999). Stigma consciousness: The psychological legacy of social stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 114-128.
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