Research Center for Group Dynamics


Muniba Saleem

Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR;
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, LSA;
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, LSA

Muniba Saleem
5027 ISR
426 Thompson Street

Dr. Saleem's research is focused on understanding interpersonal and intergroup conflict. Within the Intergroup bias and conflict domain, Dr. Saleem has done research understanding the person and situational factors that can increase or decrease intergroup bias and conflict. In one line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the role of attachment security in reducing intergroup bias as assessed by the Implicit Association Task and intergroup competition and aggression as assessed by a modified Prisoner's Dilemma game. In another line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the effect of media stereotypes within violent contexts on perceptions, attitudes, and affect towards the depicted group. Dr. Saleem's research reveals that media portrayals of certain groups as violent and aggressive influence people's perceptions that typical members of these groups are aggressive and hostile and increase support for aggressive actions against members of these groups. In another line of research, Dr. Saleem examines the role of perceived identity compatibility specific to dual-identity individuals (e.g., Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans) and its influence on majority-minority relations within the United States. This work is focused on understanding to what extent perceptions of identity incompatibility influence dual identity individuals' identification attachment, and loyalty to each of their two identities. Within the interpersonal conflict domain, Dr. Saleem has done research testing the effects of person and situational variables on aggressive and prosocial cognitions, affect, and behaviors. In addition, this research looks at the interactive effect of person variables (e.g., trait aggression) and situational variables (e.g., media violence) on individuals' aggression. Other work involves understanding the influence of reciprocal trust in interpersonal conflict as examined by two-person social dilemma games.