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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Michael Baumann, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

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Phone: (210) 458-5720
Office: MH 4.02.80
Office hours: M/W 11:00-11:30 & 2:30-3:30, or by appt

Research area: Social & Organizational Psychology

Additional Information
  • Biography

    Michael R. Baumann received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His graduate education combined Social and I/O psychology with a heavy dose of statistics and research methods. Upon completing his dissertation and short visiting position at Washington State University, Dr. Baumann joined the faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2001.


    • Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • B.A., Northwestern University
  • Recent Courses

    • 3023  Social Psychology of Small Groups
    • 3203  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • 5213  Research Design (MS level)
    • 5353  Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MS level)
    • 7123  Advanced Topics in Applied Social Psychology (PhD level)
  • Research in Progress

    My main interests lie in how people interact with each other and how those interactions influence their behavior, particularly in small group settings. I’m also interested in how people’s emotional states and individual differences in how they view the world influence their behavior. More technically, my work focuses on within-group processes and performance, impression formation, and the role of affect and motivation in decision making and behavior. More detail on the types of questions I ask in each area are below.



    • Information processing and division of labor / coordination in groups and teams. We've all heard "two heads are better than one", but the reality is that often fails to be true. There are a number of challenges groups must overcome to outperform what their members could do working separately. For example, groups must find a way to identify members relevant information, evaluate how to use information or opinions advanced by each member (i.e., figure out how much weight to give to each), how to divide the workload across members (e.g., who is responsible for what pieces of a task), and much, much more. I look at various factors influencing how members divide the labor and coordinate their efforts, how they evaluate each other's information and opinions, and how these things relate to group performance. Current / recent projects include factors such individual differences in motivational orientation, members’ emotional states, and task context.
    • Impression formation and objectification. Although we’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, the reality is that physical appearance has a big impact on how one is perceived. I originally became interested in this topic while examining the perception and use of expertise in group decision making. However, my interests have grown to include how controllable aspects of appearance (e.g., attire, body art) influence the way a person is perceived in one-on-one interactions. In the last few years I’ve become particularly interested in how these factors contribute to negative attitudes toward and treatment of women (e.g., seeing women as objects rather than people), especially in the workplace. Current projects in this line reflect that interest.
    • Affect, motivation, and behavior. Different people see the world in different ways. For example, some see the world as full of rewards to pursue, others as full of hazards to avoid. Some see it in terms of competition and self-advancement, others in terms of cooperation and the common good. People also “feel” the world in different ways (e.g., some as scary, some as inviting). These motivational orientations and affective states impact an individual’s judgment regarding the extent to which particular course of action does or does not advance his or her goals, how positively or negatively he or she considers his or her surroundings, and even the judgment processes he or she uses. My research in this area includes topics such as how these differences impact how people coordinate their efforts in groups, decision making and performance under stressful situations, health behaviors such as cigarette use, and aggression in the workplace.


  • Recent Publications

    Representative Projects: Groups

    • Baumann, M.R., & Bonner, B.L. (2013). Member awareness of expertise, information sharing, information weighting, and group decision making. Small Group Research, 44(5), 532-562
    • Bonner, B. L. & Baumann, M. R. (2012). Leveraging Member Expertise to Facilitate Knowledge Transfer and Demonstrability in Groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 102(2), 337-350.
    • Baumann, M. R., & Bonner, B. L. (2011). Expected Group Longevity and Expected Task Difficulty on Learning and Recall: Implications for the Development of Transactive Memory. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice. 15(3), 220-232.
    • Baumann, M. R. & Bonner, B. L. (2004). The effects of variability and expectations on utilization of member expertise and group performance Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 93, 89-101.


    Representative Projects: Other

    • *Hale, W.J., *Perrotte, J.K., Garza, R.T., & Baumann, M.R. (2015). Low Self-Esteem and Positive Beliefs About Smoking: A Destructive Combination for Male College Students. Addictive Behaviors, 46, 94-99.
    • Baumann, M.R., *Oviatt, D., Garza, R.T., Lopez, S.G., *Gonzales-Blanks, A., Alexander-Delpech, P., Beason, F.A., *Petrova, V.I., & Hale, W.J. (2014). Variation in BAS-BIS profiles across categories of cigarette use. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1477-1483.
    • Baumann, M. R., Gohm, C. L., & Bonner, B. L. (2011). Phased Training for High Reliability Occupations: Live Fire Exercises for Civilian Firefighters. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 53(5), 548-557.
    • *Carrizales, L., & Baumann, M. R. (2014). Risky Business: The Effects of Sexy Attire on Impressions of Employees and Company Image. Poster to be presented at the 2014 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


    *indicates author was a student or advisee when project began

  • Current Graduate Advisees

    • James Deller (PhD student)
    • Jessica Perrotte (PhD student)

    Affiliations / Memberships

    • Society for Experimental Social Psychology  (Fellow)
    • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (Board Member)
    • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    • Academy of Management

    Editorial / Professional Boards

    •  Group Dynamics  (Associate Editor)
    •  Small Group Research (Editorial Board)
    •  Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (Board of Directors)

    Recent Grant Reviewing

    •  National Science Foundation (ad hoc)
    •  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (ad hoc)
    • NASA Human Research Program, Behavioral Health and Performance panel

    Additional Reviewing within last calendar year

    • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 
    • PLOS-ONE
    • Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
    • Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
    • Western Journal of Communication
    • Basic and Applied Social Psychology