Oyamot, Clifton M

Associate Professor, Psychology
Associate Chair Psychology


Preferred: clifton.oyamot@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5650

Office Hours


Office: DMH 316


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Reed College, Oregon, United States, 1994


Dr. Clifton Oyamot earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College prior to joining the faculty at San José State University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and part of the MA in Experimental Psychology Program.

Dr. Oyamot's research integrates personality and social psychological perspectives in three main lines of inquiry:

"Psychology of Clutter" and Implicit Self-Concept. Exploring the implicit link between the self-concept and peoples' personal possessions, and the implications of this link for understanding phenomena such as materialism, clutter, as well the general processes by which characteristics (e.g., roles, identities, possessions) become a part of our sense of self.

Intergroup Relations. Currently testing and extending a model that incorporates personality (Right-Wing Authoritarianism), social norms, and values (egalitarianism) in predicting under what circumstances prejudice towards various groups (e.g., immigrants, gays and lesbians, African Americans) will be exacerbated or attenuated.

Interpersonal Relationships. Investigating how personality characteristics (e.g., self-monitoring, the need for status and influence) impact closeness, satisfaction and other outcomes in interpersonal relationships.

Representative Publications

Oyamot, C. M., Jr., Fisher, E. L., Deason, G., & Borgida, G. (2012). Attitudes toward immigrants: The interactive role of social norms, personal values, and the authoritarian predisposition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(1), 97 - 105.

Fisher, E. L., Deason, G., Borgida, E., & Oyamot, C. (2011). A model of authoritarianism, social norms, and personal values: Implications for Arizona law enforcement and immigration policy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01247.

Oyamot, C. M., Jr., Fuglestad, P. T., & Snyder, M. (2010). Balance of power and influence in relationships: The role of self-monitoring. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 23 – 46.

Oyamot, C. M., Jr., Borgida, E., & Fisher, E. L. (2006). Can values moderate the attitudes of right-wing authoritarians? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 486 – 500.

Snyder, M. & Oyamot, C. M., Jr. (2001). Self-fulfilling prophecies. In J. Worell (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Women and Gender (Vol. 2, pp. 945 – 953). Academic Press, San Diego: CA.