Welcome to my website

Thanks for visiting!  Here you’ll find a

description of some of my research interests, publications, information about classes I teach, links to recent news coverage, and information about some of my friends and collaborators.

For more about me, read this bio or see the Rising Star interview from the Association for Psychological Science.

Please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Select New Papers

Cues of working together fuel intrinsic motivation (Carr & Walton, in press, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology)

The new science of wise interventions (Walton, 2014, Current Directions)

Taking part in a cultural activity reduces implicit prejudice, improves intergroup attitudes up to 6-months later (Brannon & Walton, 2013 Psychological Science)

Beliefs about willpower determine the impact of glucose on self-control (Job, Walton, Bernecker, & Dweck, 2013, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

A 21-minute writing exercise improves marriages (Finkel, Slotter, Luchies, Walton, Gross, 2013, Psychological Science)

Are affirmative action and meritocracy the same thing? New paper on the policy implications of stereotype threat (Walton, Spencer, & Erman, 2013, Social Issues and Policy Review).

Educators and Policymakers:

How can you use psychology to raise students’ achievement?

Learn more
Read this White Paper written for the White House on productive academic mindsets written with David Yeager, Dave Paunesku, and Carol Dweck.

-- Read this White Paper written for the Gates Foundation on academic tenacity with Carol Dweck and Geoff Cohen.

-- Read this 4-page review written with David Yeager and Geoff Cohen.

-- Read the “the Magic paper” (a longer review) written with David Yeager.

-- Read this 1-page guide on ways to reduce stereotype threat created with Geoff Cohen and Claude Steele.

-- Watch a video on stereotype threat or on the social-belonging intervention


-- Participate in a free PERTS program. These are research-based techniques to change how students think and feel in school in ways that raise their motivation and achievement.

Gregory M. Walton

  1. -Assistant Professor

  2. -Department of Psychology

  3. -Stanford University

Contact Information

  1. -(650) 498-4284

  2. -gwalton(at)stanford.edu

Curriculum Vita

Want to Learn More About Psychological Interventions?

-- Read “The New Science of Wise Interventions” (Walton, 2014)

-- Find a solution: Check out the SPARQ Solutions Catalog!

-- See the Resources page for more.

Popular Writings

Willpower: It’s in your head. November 26, 2011, New York Times.

Addressing achievement gaps with psychological interventions. February , 2013, Phi Delta Kappan.

Interested in the  Implications of Stereotype Threat

for Affirmative Action

Legal scholars Stuart Banner (UCLA), Jerry Kang (UCLA), and Rachel Godsil (Seton Hall), and Steve Spencer and I led a group of social psychologists to prepare an amicus brief for the Supreme Court in Fisher v. Texas on the implications of stereotype threat for affirmative action. The brief was signed by almost all leading stereotype-threat researchers (95 in total). Click here for the brief. Click here for a policy paper.