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Will Kalkhoff

Sociology
Executive Director of the Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent
Campus:
Kent
Contact Information
Phone:
330-672-3712
Fax:
330-672-4724
Personal Website:

Biography

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Social psychology
  • Group dynamics
  • Neurosociology and social neuroscience
  • Experimental design and quantitative methods

Current/Ongoing Research:

I am working on a number of projects looking at how the brain represents and supports social processes. The projects are being carried out in our EEG and VR laboratories, which is part of an interdisciplinary consortium created in 2014 with Rob Clements from Biology and Dave Fresco from Psychology.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: If you are interested in volunteering or possibly earning course credit for assisting our research team in the EEG lab, please complete the following form: Lab Assistant Application.

Read more about EEG or visit the website for the Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent, ENLoK (formerly the Kent Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory) 

Recently FUNDED GRANTS & CONTRACTS:

  • Pollock, Josh (PI) and Will Kalkhoff (co-PI). "Teamwork and Decision-Making Under Threat: Implementing an Immersive Virtual Reality Environment." Office of Naval Research, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Proposal No. 75764-LS-RIP. Funded at $72,872 for the period Feb. 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021.  
  • Will Kalkhoff (PI) and Josh Pollock (co-PI). "Team Perception & Performance Under Threat." Department of the Army, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Research Office. Proposal No. 69810-LS. Funded at $360,000 for the period Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2020.
  • Kalkhoff, Will (PI) and David Melamed (PI). Collaborative proposal between Kent State University and the Ohio State University: "The Neurodynamics of Social Status." Department of the Army, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Research Office. Proposal No. 67034-LS. Funded at $182,655 for the period May 1, 2015 - Dec. 1, 2016.
  • Kalkhoff, Will (PI), Noah E. Friedkin (Co-PI), and Eugene C. Johnsen (Co-PI). 2007-2010. “Status Characteristics and Opinion Formation: A Theoretical Integration.” National Science Foundation; SES-0719310; $165,000 to KSU.

PATENTS:

  • Gregory, Stanford W., Jr. and Will Kalkhoff. 2011. U.S. Non-Provisional Patent No. 8,000,958. “A Device and Method for Improving Communication Through Dichotic Input of a Speech Signal.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS, INTERVIEWS, & PODCASTS:

  • The Annex Sociology Podcast. April 20, 2021. "Neurosociology." With Rengin Firat and Kalina Michalska. Coming soon to the Annex (https://queenspodcastlab.org/annex/).
  • The Cayce Jamil Show. March 8, 2021. "Interview with the sociologist Will Kalkhoff on his research in vocal accommodation and neuroscience." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QGH3_FsgDw&t=71s.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Richard T. Serpe, and Joshua Pollock. 2021. This View of Life Discussion Forum on “Evolutionary Science and Sociology: A New Beginning.” Panel session on “Neuroscience, Emotions, and Virtual Social Connections” (2/2/2021).
  • Kalkhoff, Will and Joshua Pollock. 2020. "Team Perception & Performance Under Threat." Army Research Office, Life Sciences Division, Monthly Program Review/Seminar Series on Innovations in Bioscience Sensing & Signaling.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Joshua Pollock, Brennan Miller and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2018. "Electrophysiological Manifestations of Distress and Eustress." Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, David Melamed, Joshua Pollock, Matthew Pfeiffer, Brennan Miller and Jonathan Overton. 2017. "In Search of Expectations." 29th Annual Group Processes Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Kalkhoff, Will. 2017. "Why We Probably Shouldn't Ignore This." Kent State University, Department of Sociology, Colloquium Series Talk.
  • Kalkhoff, Will. 2016. "Unlocking the Social Brain." Kent State University, College of Business Administration.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler, Joshua Pollock, Brennan Miller, Matthew Pfeiffer and Dudley Girard. 2015. "Affect, Behavior, and Brain Coordination in Social Exchange." 27th Annual Group Processes Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Shane R. Thye, and Stanford W. Gregory, Jr. 2015. "Hear Me Out! Exploring the Relationship Between Vocal Adaptation and Audience Perceptions of Dominance and Prestige." Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Richard T. Serpe, Joshua Pollock, Brennan Miller and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2014. "Self-Motives and the Neural Processing of Identity-Relevant Feedback: An Electroencephalographic Study." Identity Conference 2014, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Kristen Marcussen and Richard T. Serpe. 2014. "Verification Versus Enhancement Revisited: Clarifying the Effect of Identity Discrepancies on Distress and Moral Emotions." Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES:

  • Member, Executive Committee, Brain Health Research Institute, Kent State University
  • Fellow, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society
  • Member, National Science Foundation Advisory Panel (2017-present).
  • Chair, Committee on Nominations, Evolution, Biology and Society section, American Sociological Association (2018).
  • Chair, Evolution, Biology and Society section, American Sociological Association (2017-2018).
  • Deputy Editor, Social Psychology Quarterly (2014-2017).
  • Editorial Board member, Advances in Group Processes (2014- ).
  • Chair, Recent Contribution Award Committee, Section on Emotions, American Sociological Association (2016).
  • Member, American Sociological Review task force, Suggested ASR Reviewer Guidelines for Papers Using the Experimental Method (2015)
  • Chair, Best Faculty Book Award Committee, Section on Evolution, Biology and Society, American Sociological Association (2014).
  • Elected member, Evolution, Biology and Society Section Council, American Sociological Association (2013-2016).
  • Elected member, Social Psychology Section Council, American Sociological Association (2010-2013).
  • Editorial Board member, Social Psychology Quarterly (2008-2010).
  • Co-organizer, 18th Annual Group Processes Conference, Montreal (Quebec) Canada (2006).

Education

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2002

Expertise

Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, neurosociology, Social Neuroscience, experimental design, Quantitative Methods

Publications

  • Kalkhoff, Will, Richard T. Serpe, and Joshua Pollock. 2020. "Is Video Chat a Sufficient Proxy for Face-to-Face Interaction? Biosociological Reflections on Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic." This View of LIfe, July 28.
  • Miller, Brennan and Will Kalkhoff. 2020. "Negotiating a Non-Verified Identity: Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Responses." Forthcoming in Advances in Group Processes.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, David Melamed, Josh Pollock, Brennan Miller, Jon Overton, and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2020. "Cracking the Black Box: Capturing the Role of Expectation States in Status Processes." Social Psychology Quarterly 83:26-48.
  • Kalkhoff, Will et al. (2019). "Society in Peril? How Distance Media Communication Could Be Undermining Symbolic Interaction." In R. Serpe, R. Stryker, & B. Powell (Eds.), Identity & Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations; Building Bridges. Springer.
  • Miller, Brennan, Will Kalkhoff, Joshua Pollock, and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2019. "Persistent Identity Threats: Emotional and Neurological Responses." Social Psychology Quarterly 82:98-111.
  • Dippong, Joseph and Will Kalkhoff. 2018. "Modeling Small Group Status and Power Dynamics Using Vocal Accommodation." Advances in Group Processes 35:51-74.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Shane R. Thye, and Stanford W. Gregory, Jr. 2017. "Nonverbal Vocal Adaptation and Audience Perceptions of Dominance and Prestige." Social Psychology Quarterly 80:342-54.
  • Melamed, David, Will Kalkhoff, Siqi Han, and Xiangrui Li. 2017. "The Neural Bases of Status-Based Influence." Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 3:1-10.
  • Dippong, Joseph, Will Kalkhoff, and Eugene C. Johnsen. 2017. “Status, Networks, and Opinion Change: An Experimental Investigation.” Social Psychology Quarterly 80:153-73.
  • Fitch, Chivon H., Jessica L. Burke, and Will Kalkhoff. 2017. "Gender Differences in Reactions to Mental Illness Labeling: The Role of Agency and Communion." Deviant Behavior 40:510-25.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, et al. 2016. "Neural Processing of Identity-Relevant Feedback: An Electroencephalographic Study." New Directions in Identity Theory & Research, edited by J.E. Stets & R.T. Serpe. Oxford University Press.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Kristen Marcussen, and Richard T. Serpe. 2016. "To Thine Own Self Be True? Clarifying the Effects of Identity Discrepancies on Psychological Distress and Emotions." Social Science Research 58:14-33.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Shane R. Thye, and Joshua Pollock. 2016. "Developments in Neurosociology." Sociology Compass 10:242-58.
  • Dippong, Joseph and Will Kalkhoff. 2015. “Predicting Performance Expectations from Affective Impressions: Linking Affect Control Theory and Status Characteristics Theory.” Social Science Research 50:1-14.
  • Gregory, Stanford W., Jr. and Will Kalkhoff. 2013. "Comprehending the Neurological Substratum of Paraverbal Communications: The Invention of SplitSpec Systems Technology." Pp. 369-84 in the Handbook of Neurosociology, edited by David D. Franks and Jonatha
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Shane R. Thye, and Edward J. Lawler, eds. 2012. Advances in Group Processes: Biosociology and Neurosociology. Vol. 29. Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Kalkhoff, Will, Joseph Dippong, and Stanford W. Gregory, Jr. 2011. "The Biosociology of Solidarity." Sociology Compass 5:936-48.
  • Kalkhoff, Will and Stanford W. Gregory, Jr. 2008. "Beyond the Issues: Nonverbal Vocal Accommodation, Power Rituals, and 'Rope-A-Dopes' in the 2008 Presidential Debates." Current Research in Social Psychology 14(3):39-51. Press: British Broadcasting Corpor

Affiliations

Social Psychology, Biosociology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Quantitative Methodology

Awards/Achievements

  • Best Faculty Paper Award. (2021). Evolution, Biology, & Society Section of the American Sociological Association. For "Cracking the Black Box: Capturing the Role of Expectation States in Status Processes."
  • Outstanding Mentorship to Graduate Students Award (2016)
  • Faculty Recognition Award, University Teaching Council, Kent State Univeristy (2016)
  • Faculty Recognition Award, University Teaching Council, Kent State Univeristy (2015)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta/Pi Gamma Mu Dedicated Service Award (2013)
  • Outstanding Service to the Sociology Department (2012)
  • KSU Distinguished Teaching Award nominee (2008)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Sociology Honors Society (2008)
  • KSU Inventor Recognition Award, Tech Transfer & Econ Development (2007)
  • Outstanding Mentorship to Graduate Students Award (2006)
  • Summa Cum Laude, Marquette University (1994)

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Brain Health Research Institute