Laura Crysel

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Laura Crysel enrolled at Wake Forest University in August of 2005. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2008, and she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in psychology with honors in 2009. Laura enrolled in the graduate program for social psychology at the University of Florida in August of 2009 and received a master of science degree from the University of Florida in 2011. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the spring of 2014. Laura has authored or coauthored eight publications, focusing on individual differences in an experimental context.


  • Ph.D., psychology, University of Florida
  • M.S., psychology, University of Florida
  • B.A., psychology, Wake Forest University

Course Topics

  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Dark Triad traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy)
  • Schadenfreude (happiness at another'€™s misfortune)
  • Prejudice
  • Pop culture


  • Crysel, L. C., Cook, C. L., Schember, T. O., Webster, G. D. (In Press). “Harry Potter and the Measures of Personality”: Extraverted Gryffindors, Agreeable Hufflepuffs, Thinking Ravenclaws, and Manipulative Slytherins. Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Smith, C. V., Hadden, B. W., Webster, G. D., Jonason, P. K., Gesselman, A. N., & Crysel, L. C. (in press). "Mutually Attracted or Repulsed? Actor and€“ Partner Interdependence Models of Dark Triad Traits and Relationship Outcomes." Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Webster, G. D., DeWall, C. N., Pond, R. S., Jr., Deckman, T., Jonason, P. K., Le, B. M., Nichols, A. L., Schember, T. O., Crysel, L. C., Crosier, B. S., Smith, C. V., Paddock, E. L., Nezlek, J. B., Kirkpatrick, L. A., Bator, R. J., & Bryan, A. D. (2014). "The Brief Aggression Questionnaire: Psychometric and Behavioral Evidence for an Efficient Measure of Trait Aggression." Aggressive Behavior, 40, 120-€“139. doi:10.1002/ab.21507.
  • Crysel, L. C., Crosier, B. S., & Webster, G. D. (2013). "The Dark Triad and Risk Behavior." Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 35–40. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.07.029.
  • Howell, J. L., Collisson, B. D., Crysel, L., Garrido, C. O., Newell, S. M. Cottrell, C. A., & Shepperd, J. A. (2013). "Managing the Threat of Impending Implicit Attitude Feedback." Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Jonason, P. K., Webster, G. D., Schmitt, D. P., Li, N. P., & Crysel, L. C. (2012). "The Antihero in Popular Culture: Life History Theory and the Dark Triad Personality Traits." Review Of General Psychology, 16, 192-199. doi:10.1037/a0027914.
  • Webster, G. D., Cottrell, C. A., Schember, T. O., Crysel, L. C., Crosier, B. S., Gesselman, A. N., & Le, B. M. (2012). "Two Sides of the Same Coin? Viewing Altruism and Aggression Through the Adaptive Lens of Kinship." Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 575–588. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2012.00449.x.
  • Webster, G. D., & Crysel, L. C. (2012). "€œHit Me, Maybe, One More Time: Brief Measures of Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking and Their Interactive Prediction of Blackjack Bets." Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 591-€“598. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2012.07.001.
  • Petrocelli, J. V., & Crysel, L. C. (2009). "Counterfactual Thinking and Confidence in Blackjack: A Test of the Counterfactual Inflation Hypothesis." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1312-1315. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.08.004

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