Associate Professor
Social Psychology
Psychology Department 
Core Faculty, Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity
University of Tennessee
Email: gshteynb@utk.edu

Click here for CV (updated 11.23.2021)

Through my research, I seek to understand how and why humans socially share their worlds and minds with one another.


Shteynberg, G. (2023). Under greater cooperative care, childhood fear is more accommodated, but less warranted. Behavioral and Brain Sciences46, e77.

Shteynberg, G., Hirsh, J., Garthoff, J., Bentley, R. A. (2022). Agency and identity in the collective self. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 26, 35-56.

Shteynberg, G., Kwon, T. A., Yoo, S-J., Smith, H., Apostle, J., Mistry, D., Houser, K. (2021). Many minds make money: People are slower to destroy novel currency known to more ingroup members. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 5, 307-313.

Liu, S. S., Shteynberg, G., Morris, M. W., Yang, Q., & Galinsky, A. D. (2021). How does collectivism affect social interactions? A test of two competing accounts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 362-376.

Shteynberg, G., Hirsh, J. B., Bentley, R. A., Garthoff, J. (2020). Shared worlds and shared minds: A theory of collective learning and a psychology of common knowledge. Psychological Review, 5, 918-931. 

Hirsh, J. B., Shteynberg, G., & Gelfand, M. J. (2020). Conflicting obligations in human social life. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 43, e72. Commentary on Tomasello, M. (2019). The Moral Psychology of Obligation.

Shteynberg, G. (2018). A collective perspective: Shared attention and the mind. Current Opinion in Psychology, 23, 93-97.  

Haj-Mohamadi, P., Fles, E. H., & Shteynberg, G. (2018). When can sharing attention increase affiliation? On the bonding effects of co-experienced belief affirmation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75. 103-106.

Shteynberg, G., Gelfand, M. J., Lynn, I., Mayer, D. M., & Bell, C. (2017). Prosocial thinkers and the social transmission of justice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 4, 429-442.

Shteynberg, G., Bramlett, J. M., Fles, E. H., & Cameron, J. (2016). The broadcast of shared attention and its impact on political persuasion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 5, 665-673. 

Shteynberg, G. (2015). Shared attention. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 579-590.

Shteynberg, G. (2015). Shared Attention at the Origin: On the Psychological Power of Descriptive Norms. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

*Chiu, C-y., Gelfand, M. J., Leung, A. K.-y., Liu, Z., Morris, M. W., Mu, Y., Shteynberg, G., Tam, K., Wan, C., Zou, X. (2015). A conclusion, yet an opening to enriching the normative approach of culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 10, 1361-1371. *Authorship is in alphabetical order due to the equality of author contributions.

Shteynberg, G., Hirsh, J. B., Apfelbaum, E. P., Larsen, J. T., Galinsky, A. D., & Roese, N. J. (2014). Feeling more together: Group attention intensifies emotion. Emotion, 14, 1102-1114.

Shteynberg, G. (2014). A social host in the machine? The case of group attention. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 307-311.

Shteynberg, G., Hirsh, J. B., Galinsky, A. D., & Knight, A. P. (2014). Shared attention increases mood infusion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 123-130.

Shteynberg, G., & Apfelbaum, E. (2013). The power of shared experience: Simultaneous observation with similar others facilitates social learning. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 738-744.

Shteynberg, G. (2012). Intersubjectivity, agency and idiosyncratic identity. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, 4, 1-21.

Gelfand, M. J., Shteynberg, G., Lee, T., Lun, J., Lyons, S., Bell, C., et al. (2012). The cultural transmission of intergroup conflict. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Theme Issue on Biology of Cultural Conflict, 367, 692-703.

Cojuharenco, I., Shteynberg, G., Gelfand, M., & Schminke, M. (2012). Self-construal and unethical behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 109, 447-­‐461.

Shteynberg, G., & Galinsky, A. D. (2011). Implicit coordination: Sharing goals with similar others intensifies goal pursuit. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1291-1294.

Shteynberg, G., Leslie, M. L., Knight, P. K., & Mayer, D. M. (2011). But affirmative action hurts us! Race-related beliefs shape perceptions of white disadvantage and policy unfairness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 115, 1-12.

Gelfand, M. J., Lun, J., Lyons, S., & Shteynberg, G. (2011). Descriptive norms as carriers of culture in negotiation. International Negotiation, 16, 361-381.

Shteynberg, G. (2010). A silent emergence of culture: The social tuning effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 683-689.

Chiu, C-y., Gelfand, M. J., T. Yamagishi, Shteynberg, G., & Wan, C. (2010). Intersubjective culture: The role of intersubjective perceptions in cross-cultural research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 482-493.

Shteynberg, G., Gelfand, M. J., & Kim, K. (2009). Peering into the ‘Magnum Mysterium’ of culture: The explanatory power of descriptive norms. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 46-69.

Mayer, D. M., Greenbaum, R., Kuenzi, M., & Shteynberg, G. (2009). When do fair procedures not matter? A test of the identity violation effect. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 142-161.


Lee, T., Gelfand, M .J., & Shteynberg, G. (2013). Culture and the contagion of conflict. In M. Brewer & M. Yuki (Eds.) Culture and intergroup relations. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kruglanski, A. W., & Shteynberg, G. (2012). Cognitive consistency as a means to an end: How subjective logic affords knowledge. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive consistency: A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition. (pp. 245-264). Guilford Press.

Gelfand, M. J., Leslie, L. M. & Shteynberg, G. (2006). Cross-cultural theory/methods. In S. Rogelberg (Ed.), The encyclopedia of industrial and organizational psychology. (Vol. 1, pp. 136-142). MA: Sage References.

Hanges, P. J., Dorfman, P. W., Shteynberg, G. & Bates, A. (2006). Culture and leadership: A connectionist information processing model. In W. H. Mobley & E. Weldon (Eds). Advances in Global Leadership (Vol 4, pp. 7-37). NY: JAI Press.

Hanges, P. J. & Shteynberg, G. (2004). Methodological challenges and solutions for leadership researchers. German Journal of Human Resource Research, 18, 346-358.

Knight, A. P., Shteynberg, G., & Hanges, P. J. (2004). The path-goal theory of leadership. In J. M. Burns, R. Goethals, & G. Sorenson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Leadership (Vol. 3, pp. 1164-1169). MA: Sage