Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Anita Blanchard

Podcasts During Zoom

My mentor, Dr. Lynne Markus, wrote a very important article (Culnan & Markus, 1987 and while that is not the direct link to it b/c it’s a handbook article, the article I do link to is a follow-up that is similar). ANYHOOOOO, the gist of Culnan & Markus is stop trying to make computer technologies replicate FtF communication. Computer communication can do things FtF can’t. Find those communication differences and use them to your advantage.

I have to honestly...

The Difficulty of Social Distancing

My research focuses on entitativity: a person’s cognitive assessment that they are in a group.  The classic example compares a “group” of people waiting for a bus stop compared to the same group of people at a cafe sharing coffee and conversations (pre-COVID, of course). The cafe is “groupier” than the bus stop. 

Way back in the day (like, seriously, the 1950s) when Don Campbell identified entitativity as a fundamental component...

Love in the Time of Cholera

My lab had our second online meeting this week. Part of our discussion was keeping socially connected even while practicing social isolation. A 21st century Love in the Time of Cholera as it were. ((Or maybe not. I’m rereading the wiki summary and clearly, I did not understand it the first time I read it))

In any case, a few thoughts are bubbling up on Day 3 of the family and work isolation. First, my family is not nearly settled into any sort of routine. We started homeschooling...

A Whole New World

Two weeks ago–before I left with 15 students for a Spring Break study abroad trip to Berlin–I saw a few coronavirus cases in Germany and was joking that if I had to be quarantined when I came back I would prefer the Army barracks to home because I could work as well as catch up on sleep, knitting, and Netflix.

One week ago, I was contacting the University asking if they were ABSOLUTELY sure we were ok because the number of cases in Berlin were starting to increase–doubling...

An Entitativity Measure and Why

For all you folks out there google searching for Entitativity (and there may be a few) and, in particular, for those of you looking for a validated measure of entitativity, I’d like to direct you to our published peer-reviewed paper in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

For those of you wondering why my lit search on the latest entitativity publications has gotten me all worked up this morning, why don’t you just sit here for a moment with a bag of popcorn. All...

How To Science: Who Should We Trust as Experts?

So, I saved this as an idea to blog about in April. Who should we be able to trust as “experts” in whatever field we need information? Here is the conundrum I start with:

We should most trust the people who are experts in their field.  I am not an expert in teaching people who experts are. Ergo, I should not tell you who to trust as experts.

However, by saying that I am not an expert gives me a bit more credibility to tell you how to figure out how to trust someone’s expertise...

The End of The World As We Know It: I Feel Fine

Surely, you are saying this at some point. We are. I know my husband and I are old farts, but this song is right on. And, indeed, I spent more than a few nights dancing to this song with the special R.E.M. dance moves (mostly straight arms, snapping hands, shuffling feet) on top of the coffee table in the apartment over ours.


But that’s another story.


This post is about generations. I wrote a rambling post two years ago about my doubt that there are actually generational...


I don’t know if that reference is only relevant to Boomers, geeks, geeky boomers, or geeky Gen Xers. In any case, the world is about to reboot.

We are fixing to see (now, I know that’s an old time Southern phrase) what happens when we all start working at home as well as seriously curtailing our and our children’s extracurricular activities. FOR MONTHS. People: MONTHS!

This is not a two-week delay-of-game. I believe Japan has been working at home since January...

The Next Education Bubble

Last year, I wrote about my department’s widespread dismay that our students (and yours) are cheating. That post was met with a widespread: Meh.

Denial. Not just a river in Egypt.

There were some surprising responses. From an Academic group I belong to: So what. Cheating has been around for years. Back when I started teaching, sororities and fraternities had file cabinets full of old tests for their members to study. Ok! Great! So communities with file cabinets can cheat...

Preliminary Thoughts on the UNC Charlotte Shooting

I want to be clear: this is what it has been like for me in the last week. There are over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff at UNC Charlotte and I’m pretty sure there have been over 30,001 reactions to a gunman shooting our students last Tuesday.

So far, I’ve had students yell at me (via email) that they are PERFECTLY FINE AND NOTHING HAS AFFECTED THEM. I’ve had students share that they were in therapy first thing the next morning after the shooting. I’ve...