Special meeting, "Graduate School in Social and I/O Psychology: Tips and Strategies," was held Th.,11/11/14

11/04/2014 20:22

For those who are interested in going on in the fields of Social and I/O Psychology and for students applying to I/O or Social Psych grad schools, I held my annual orientation meeting at 7:00PM on Thursday, Nov. 11th in Tillett 605. Juniors and seniors were especially encouraged to attend.

Now interviewing potential Research Team members - Application

10/22/2014 21:48

To download our Research Team application, click  here .

Once you have completed your application, please send it to us at: Thank you.

Appearance on The History Channel

10/22/2014 14:39

Below is the clip from my appearance on the History Channel show United Stats of America.

Organizational and Personnel Psychology Was Offered In the Summer, 2014 and will be again in 2015

10/03/2014 16:21

Organizational and Personnel Psychology was offered in the Summer of 2014 (for the third time as a Hybrid course) and will be offered as well in the Summer of 2015.

01:830:373Organizational and Personnel Psychology (3)

The application of psychological principals, theories, and research to the work setting. Personnel selection, job satisfaction and morale, teams, leadership, motivation, organizational effectiveness, group and intergroup relationships, and communication in work settings.

We used the 5th (FIFTH) edition of Ronald Riggio's book Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology and will do so again in 2015, so you can now start planning accordingly.

Katrina Book Chapter Published based on NSF-funded Research

10/22/2010 14:38

Jack Aiello's chapter with Lyra Stein Protecting our assets: Private and public responses to Katrina in the book entitled Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America has been published for the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (summer, 2010).


Hurricane Katrina exposed a fundamental difference between private-sector and public-section preparedness, and the divergent abilities within each realm to protect their assets and their people.  For New Orleans residents in the last days of August, 2005, the main concern for each and every one of the citizens was leaving the flooded city.  Some left in their cars after the first storm warning, but many were left with no resources to evacuate the city and were, therefore, dependent on government services.  The vice president of a large bank told us that “there was no problem in getting out of the City….And then we got in the car. We dashed out of here….” The easy confidence expressed by this executive was not shared by all business managers and owners.

In this chapter we contrast public- and private-sector ideas about protecting people and assets, and we present the Katrina experiences of a number of business owners who were able to marshal resources that were considerably greater than those available in the public sector.  We focus primarily on their responses in interviews we conducted over the twelve months following this costliest hurricane in history...


Read this chapter in the Publications section of this web site.

Publication on Social Interruptions in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology

10/22/2009 22:44

Carton, A. & Aiello, John R. (2009). Control and Anticipation of Social Interruptions: Reduced Stress and Improved Task Performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(1), 169-185. View Full Text


Abstract: Social interruptions are frequent occurrences that often have distressing consequences for employees, yet little research has gauged their effect on individuals. Participants were exposed to 2 social interruptions as they engaged in a computer task with an accepted performance goal. Participants who were able to anticipate social interruptions performed significantly better than did those who could not anticipate them. Participants who had the opportunity to prevent interruptions reported significantly less stress than those who did not have this opportunity. This reduction in stress resulted even when participants did not take advantage of this opportunity. Implications for job performance and job satisfaction are discussed. Organizational strategies for how leaders can help employees manage social interruptions are suggested.

The Effect of Challenge and Threat Appraisals Under Evaluative Presence Paper Appeared In JASP in August, 2010

02/19/2009 18:34

Article published in the August, 2010 issue of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Feinberg, J., & Aiello, J.R. (2010). The Effect of Challenge and Threat Appraisals Under Evaluative Presence. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40 (8), 2071-2104.


Four studies were conducted to examine whether cognitive appraisals, manipulated through task instructions, would moderate social-facilitation effects...

Read the full article in the Publications section of this web site.


In The News: Quoted in the Sunday Edition of the NJ Star-Ledger

01/29/2009 22:41

"The contrast between the gloom of the economy and the possibility of better things ahead has given many a feeling of hope, creating the desire to get more involved," said John R. Aiello, a Rutgers University professor and expert in social and organizational psychology.

"That can translate into the volunteerism that is being asked for, and community work that is part of Obama's background," said Aiello. "He has a torch that can lead to all kinds of opportunities for young people, and there is a huge potential for channeling those energies -- with kids in particular."

Jack was quoted in the article "Obama and web inspire a tide of volunteerism" found in the January 25th Sunday Edition of the NJ Star-Ledger.

A PDF version of the full article is also available.