Social Program Faculty

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Irene V. Blair

Research Interests: My research focuses on the social cognitive processes that contribute to stereotyping and prejudice. I have a particular interest in early or "automatic" processes, such as the automatic stereotypic associations that are activated when a member of a target group is encountered. Of late, I have been researching stereotyping from a facial features perspective and I have begun to apply basic stereotyping findings to the health domain.

Lab webpage: CU Stereotyping and Prejudice Lab (CUSP)

Angela Bryan

Research Interests: My research focuses on the development of theory-based models of health behavior. These models are derived from basic social psychological theories (e.g., Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Social Cognitive Theory). The eventual goal of such model development is the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve health behavior. As much as possible I combine basic scientific discoveries regarding biological predispositions associated with health and risk behavior (e.g., genetics and neurocognition) and applied theory-based intervention work to change behavior. Much of my work has concerned the reduction of substance-use related HIV/STD risk behavior among adolescents, while a second focus is the reduction of diseases associated with sedentary lifestyle through increasing physical exercise. In addition, I have interests in evolutionary perspectives on attraction and mating, as well as the integration of evolutionary perspectives with social and health psychology perspectives on health and risk behavior.

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Joshua Correll

Research Interests: My research focuses primarily on how we react to members of racial and ethnic outgroups. I am particularly interested in the tendency to associate such outgroups with threat, and in the ways that this association affects attention, face processing and behavior. Much of this work has examined racial bias in decisions to shoot using a videogame simulation of a police encounter. In this simulation, my colleagues and I typically find that participants are faster and more likely to shoot Black targets (rather than Whites). We have also examined the performance of police officers in this task and explored the capacity of training to reduce bias. More recently, we have begun to study aspects of attention, categorization and face processing that may subserve racial bias. I am particularly curious about the possibility for cross-race contact during childhood to ameliorate racial bias. In a secondary line of research, we have explored the way that participants strategically use group membership to protect and enhance the self-concept. Finally, in a third line, I study a curious pattern of non-random variation in human behavior, called 1/f noise, which has a surprising capacity to predict performance.

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June Gruber

Research Interests: My research focuses on positive emotion disturbance, or the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and towards developing an integrated model of positive emotion function and dysfunction using the theoretical lens and methodological tools of affective and clinical science science. Specific questions of interest include whether positive emotion—in particular degrees, contexts, or types -- be a predictor of maladaptive psychological-health outcomes? Such questions are examined both in clinical populations characterized by disturbed positive emotion and as healthy populations to understand the normative function of emotion, and are assessed emotion using a multi-modal approach across experiential (e.g., self-report, narrative), behavioral (e.g., FACS), and biological (e.g., psychophysiology, neural, neuroendocrine, genetic) levels of analysis.

Lab webpage: Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab

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Tiffany A. Ito

Research Interests: My research addresses social psychological issues using a multi-level approach that integrates social psychological and neuroscience perspectives. Topics of interest include prejudice, stereotyping, attitudes, emotion, and face perception. Recent projects have used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure affective and cognitive processes associated with person perception, including early social categorization processes and mechanisms by which prejudice and stereotype activation are detected and inhibited.

Lab webpages: CU Social Neuroscience Lab
CU Stereotyping and Prejudice Lab (CUSP)

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Charles Judd

Research Interests: Social cognition and attitudes; Structure, function, and the measurement of attitudes; Intergroup relations and stereotypes; Judgment, memory, and decision making. Methods of behavioral science research and data analysis: Experimental design and analysis; Evaluation and quasi-experimental designs and analysis; Linear structural models.

Lab webpage: CU Stereotyping and Prejudice Lab (CUSP)

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Chris Loersch

Research Interests: In the Social Automaticity Lab we are interested in the cognitive processes that influence social judgment, behavior, and motivation outside of conscious awareness. Our work seeks to understand both the basic cognitive mechanisms that underlie these effects and how such processes serve our species' intense social needs. We also examine the impact of alcohol consumption on these mental processes and their neural underpinnings as measured using event-related brain potentials (in collaboration with the CU Social Neuroscience Lab).

Lab webpage: Social Automaticity Lab

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Gary McClelland

Research Interests: Judgment and decision making, statistics, and web-based interactive visualizations and aids of those topics

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Bernadette Park

Research Interests: My research interests span two primary areas, that of stereotyping and intergroup relations, and person perception. In the stereotyping domain I have examined such issues as outgroup homogeneity, stereotype accuracy, the effect of power on attention allocation, multiculturalism as a viable approach to prejudice reduction, race bias in threat detection, and the role of groups as a social resource. My work in the person perception domain makes use of the Social Relations Model to examine accuracy and consensus in person perception, and a process of building models of people (person models) in order to make sense of the social world.

Lab webpage: CU Stereotyping and Prejudice Lab (CUSP)

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Leaf Van Boven

Research Interests: Judgment, decision making and emotion

Lab webpage: Emotion Decision Judgment and Intuition (EDJI) lab