Megan is interested in individual difference predictors of and contextual influences on prejudice (sexism, racism). Her research has focused on political ideology, perceptions of diversity and social change, news media, intergroup contact, and attitudes relevant to non-human animals.
Megan has experience in conducting cross-sectional, experimental, longitudinal, and multilevel research, and enjoys expanding her expertise in different methodological/analytical approaches and software. Her work is currently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2020). Questioning white losses and anti-white discrimination in the United States. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 160-168. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0777-1 [LINK] [read-only LINK] (for a summary of this research, read Megan's Psychology Today article).
Earle, M., Hoffarth, M.R., Prusaczyk, E., MacInnis, C.C., & Hodson, G. (in press). A multilevel analysis of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights support across 77 countries: The role of contact and country laws. British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12436 [LINK]
Meleady, R., Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2021). Person and situation effects in predicting outgroup prejudice and avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 174, 110593. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110593 [LINK] [Free Access LINK, expires Feb 5, 2021]
Prusaczyk, E., Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2021). A brief nudge or education intervention delivered online can increase willingness to order a beef-mushroom burger. Food Quality and Preference, 87, 104045. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2020.104045. [LINK]
Hodson, G., Dhont, K., & Earle, M. (2020). Devaluing animals, “animalistic” humans, and people who protect animals. In K. Dhont & G. Hodson (Eds.), Why we love and exploit animals: Bridging insights from academia and advocacy. (pp. 67-89). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Meleady, R., Crisp, R.J., Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2019). On the generalization of intergroup contact: A taxonomy of transfer effects. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28, 430-435. DOI: 10.1177/0963721419848682
Earle, M., & Hodson, G., Dhont, K., & MacInnis, C. (2019). Eating with our eyes (closed): Effects of visually associating animals with meat on anti-vegan/vegetarian attitudes and meat consumption willingness. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 22, 818-835. doi: 10.1177/1368430219861848
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2019). Right-wing adherence and objective numeracy as predictors of minority group size perceptions and size threat reactions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 760-777. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2538
Hodson, G., Crisp, R. J., Meleady, R., & Earle, M. (2018). Intergroup contact as an agent of cognitive liberalization. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 523-548. doi: 10.1177/1745691617752324
Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2018). Conservatism predicts lapses from vegetarian/vegan diets to meat consumption (through lower social justice concerns and social support). Appetite, 120, 75-81. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.027
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2017). What’s your beef with vegetarians? Predicting anti-vegetarian prejudice from pro-beef attitudes across cultures. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 52-55. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.034
Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2017). Anti-Semitism. In F.M. Moghaddam (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (pp. 28-30). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781483391144.n19
Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2017). Social identity theory. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (Eds. V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford). Springer.
Volk, A. A., Della Cioppa, V., Earle, M., & Farrell, A. (2015). Social competition and bullying: An adaptive socio-ecological perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill, L. Welling, & T. Shackelford (Eds.) Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology. Springer.
Conferences & Presentations
Earle, M. & Hodson, G. (2019, June). Comparing perceptions of discrimination prevalence to discrimination experiences over time. Poster presented at the 2019 Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Annual Convention, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2018, July). How meat-eating shapes anti-vegetarians and anti-vegan attitudes. Symposium: The Political and Moral Psychology of Speciesism and Meat Consumption (Chair: K. Dhont). Presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), San Antonio, Texas.
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2018, July). Experimental exposure to partisan news media shapes left-right divide in reactions to refugees, Muslims, and terrorism. Poster presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), San Antonio, Texas.
Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2017, July). The role of political ideology in predicting lapses from meat-free diets to meat consumption. Symposium: The psychology of eating animals: Morality, ideology, and prejudice (Chair: S. Loughnan). Presented at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
Earle, M., & Hodson, G. (2017, June). The role of right-wing adherence and news media exposure in responses to terrorism, Muslims, and refugees. Poster presented at the 2017 CPA National Convention, Toronto, Canada.
Earle, M., & Hodson, G., (2016, July). Perceiving lots of “them” and being threatened by that number: The role of numerical ability and right-wing adherence. Poster presented at the 16th biennial conference meeting of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR), Canterbury, UK.
Earle, M., Provenzano, D., & Volk, A. A. (March, 2015). Lasting effects of high school bullying: Female victims’ ability to retain friends in the transition to university. Poster presented at the Society for Research and Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate Research Writing Award- Best Master’s Thesis (2017)
Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence (2017)
Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award (2016) (MA level, Social Sciences)
Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award (2019-2020) (PhD level, Social Sciences)
Hodson, G., Crisp, R.J., Meleady, R., & Earle, M. (2018). Intergroup contact as an agent of cognitive liberalization. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 523-548. DOI: 10.1177/1745691617752324 [LINK]
- 2019 SPSSI Gordon Allport Award for best paper on intergroup relations (Honourable Mention)