Bryan Gibson received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Utah in 1991. He taught at Carleton College, Mankato State University, and Trenton State College before moving to Central Michigan University.
Dr. Gibson is currently involved in two lines of research. One line of research has focused on attitude formation and consistency, examining how exposure to media, evaluative conditioning, and propositional reasoning all contribute to attitude formation. A second line of research has examined various issues in self-presentation (sandbagging, hypercriticism), particularly as it relates to performance.
Gibson, B., & Poposki, E. (in press). How the adoption of impression management goals alters impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Bushman, B. J., & Gibson, B. (in press). Violent video games cause an increase in aggression long after the game has been turned off. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Redker, C., & Gibson, B. (2009). Music as an unconditioned stimulus: Positive and negative effects of country music on implicit attitudes, explicit attitudes, and product choice. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 2689-2705.
Sachau, D., Andrews, L., Gibson, B., & DeNeui, D. (2009). Tournament validity: Testing golfer competence. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 13, 52-69.
Gibson, B., & Oberlander, E. (2008). Wanting to appear smart: Hypercriticism as an indirect impression management strategy. Self & Identity, 7, 380-392.
Gibson, B. (2008). Can evaluative conditioning change attitudes toward mature brands? New evidence from the implicit association test. Journal of Consumer Research, 35, 178-188.
Dal Cin, S., Gibson, B., Zanna, M., Shumate, R., & Fong, G. (2007). The smoking self: Can portrayal of smoking in film lead to greater identification with smoking? Psychological Science.
Gibson, B. (2007). Sandbagging and self-evaluation: Individual differences in the tendency to seek self-assessment information as a function of the public or private nature of the information. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 481-487.
Gibson, B., & Sanbonmatsu, D. M., (2004). Dispositional optimism and gambling: The downsize of optimism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 149-160.