Alexandra Vázquez

Alexandra Vázquez is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at UNED (Spain). She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from UNED and undergraduate degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research interests are focused on intergroup and intragroup relations, identity fusion and collective action.

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Gómez, A., Vázquez, A., Alba, B., Blanco, L., Chinchilla, J., Chiclana, S., & Swann, W. B., Jr. (2024). Feeling understood fosters identity fusion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. Download


Vázquez, A., Dovidio, J. F., & Gómez, Á. (2023). Does the union always make the force? Group status and recategorization influence the perceived physical formidability of potential coalition groups. British Journal of Social Psychology. Download

Vázquez, A., Gómez, Á., López-Rodríguez, L. & Swann, W. B. (2023). Can identity fusion foster social harmony? Strongly fused individuals embrace familiar outgroup members unless threatened. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 107, 104462. Download

Abakoumkin, G., Tseliou, E., McCabe, K. O., Lemay Jr., E. P., Stroebe, W., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., Kreienkamp, J., Kutlaca, M., VanDellen, M. R., Abdul Khaiyom, J. H., Ahmedi, V., Akkas, H., Almenara, C. A., Atta, M., Bagci, S. C., Basel, S., Berisha Kida, E., …, & Leander, N. P. (2023). Conceptual replication and extension of health behavior theories' predictions in the context of COVID-19: Evidence across countries and over time. Social and Personality Psychology.   Download

Douglas, K. M., Sutton, R. M., van Lissa, C. J., Stroebe, W., Kreienkamp, J., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., Gützkow, B., Abakoumkin, G., Khaiyom, J. H. A., Ahmedi, V., Akkas, H., Almenara, C. A., Atta, M., Bagci, S. C., Basel, S., Kida, E. B., Bernardo, A. B. I., Buttrick, N. R., ..., & Leander, N. P. (2023). Identifying important individual‐ and country‐level predictors of conspiracy theorizing: A machine learning analysis. European Journal of Social Psychology, 53, 1191–1203.  Download

Gómez, A., Vázquez, A. & Atran, S. (2023). Transcultural pathways to the will to fight. PNAS, 120(24):e2303614120. Download

Gómez, Á., Vázquez, A., Chinchilla, J., Blanco, L., Alba, B., Chiclana, S., & González-Álvarez, J. L. (2023). Why is it so difficult to investigate violent radicalization? Spanish Journal of Psychology, 26, e7. Download

Varmann, A. H., Kruse, L., Bierwiaczonek, K., Gómez, A., Vázquez, A., & Kunst, J. R. (2023). How Identity Fusion Predicts Extreme Pro-Group Orientations: A Meta-Analysis. European Review of Social Psychology. Download

Westgate, E., Buttrick, N., Lin, Y., El Helou, G., Agostini, M., Belanger, J., Gutzkow, B., … & Leander, N. P. (2023). Pandemic boredom: Little evidence that lockdown-related boredom affects risky public health behaviors across 116 countries. Emotion. Download


Vázquez, A., López-Rodríguez, L., Gómez, Á., & Brambilla, M. (2022). Verification of ingroup morality promotes willingness to participate in collective action for immigrants’ rights. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 25(1), 174–192. Download

Vázquez, A., Sayans, P., López-Rodríguez, L., & Zagefka, H. (2022). Positive Contact with Working Class People Reduces Personal Contribution to Inequality. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. Download

Zagefka, H., Moftizadeh, N., Lefringhausen, K., López-Rodríguez, L., Urbiola, A., & Vázquez, A. (2022). Blindspots in Acculturation Research: An Agenda for Studying Majority Culture Change. European Review of Social Psychology. Download

Chinchilla, J., Vázquez, A. & Gómez, Á. (2022). Strongly fused individuals feel viscerally responsible to self-sacrifice. British Journal of Social Psychology. Download

Gómez, A., Atran, S., Chinchilla, J., Vázquez, A., López-Rodríguez, L., Paredes, B., Martínez, M., Blanco, L., Alba, B., Bautista, H., Fernández, S., Pozuelo-Rubio, F., González-Álvarez, J.L., Chiclana, S., Valladares-Narganes, H., Alonso, M., Ruíz-Alvarado, A., López-Novo, J.L., & Davis, R. (2022). Willingness to sacrifice among convicted Islamist terrorists versus violent gang members and other criminals. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-15. Download

Gómez, A., Chiclana, S., Chinchilla, J., Blanco, L., Alba, B., Bautista, H. & Pozuelo-Rubio, F. (2022). The mirage of the jihad. Disenchantment as the pathway to disengagement of female jihadists. A case study about radicalization in Spanish prisons. International Journal of Social Psychology. Download

López-Rodríguez, L., Halperin, E., Vázquez, A., Cuadrado, I., Navas, M.S. & Gómez, Á. (2022). Awareness of the Psychological Bias of Naïve Realism Can Increase Acceptance of Cultural Differences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 48(6), 888–900. Download

López‐Rodríguez, L., Vázquez, A., Constantin, A. A., Bonafonte, M., & Zagefka, H. (2022). The values we share: A multi‐method approach to understanding how perceived outgroup values are related to attitudes towards immigrants. British Journal of Social Psychology. Download

Moftizadeh, N., Zagefka, H., López‐Rodríguez, L., Vázquez, A. & Barn, R. (2022). Exploring the intergroup consequences of majority members' perceptions that minority members want majority members to adopt the minority culture. International Journal of Psychology, 57(4), 483–490. Download

Tossell, D., Gómez, Á., de Visser, E.J., Vázquez, A., Donadio, B.T., Metcalfe, A., Rogan, C., Davis, R. & Atran, S. (2022). Spiritual over physical formidability determines willingness to fight and sacrifice through loyalty in cross-cultural populations. PNAS, 119. Download


Vázquez, A., Larzabal-Fernández, A., & Lois, D. (2021). Situational materialism increases climate change scepticism in men compared to women. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 96

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