Current Lab Members
- PhD, University of Southern California, 1995
- Muenzinger D357B
- PhD, University of Missouri, 2011
- MA, University of Missouri, 2006
- BS, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2002
- Muenzinger D356B
Research Interests: My research utilizes psychophysiological measures to study processes related to self-regulation, emotion, and addiction. I am particularly interested in individual differences in emotional experience as a function of one's ability to engage in self-regulatory processes, as well as how these differences influence drug use.
- PhD, University of Massachusetts, 2011
- Muenzinger D356D
Research Interests: I study the way that our social identities (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity) can influence the degree to which we feel welcomed, motivated and engaged in achievement situations. To date, I have sought to pinpoint situations in which individuals feel uneasy and avoidant due to their social identity (i.e., identity threat) and I have uncovered strategies that people can use to feel confident and engaged in identity threatening situations.
- PhD, Ohio State University, 2009
- MA, Ohio State University, 2004
- BS, Kansas State University, 2002
- Muenzinger D356D
Research Interests: I am interested in the automatic processes which affect our judgment, behavior, and motivation. My work is anchored in social psychology’s attitudes and social cognition research tradition and largely examines the ways in which incidentally encountered information affects judgment, behavior, and motivation. At the broadest level, I have developed a priming model which provides a novel mechanism for understanding both how and when accessible information will exert an influence on these outcomes. In addition to a number of research lines testing the predictions of this model, I also investigate the basic processes which underlie the formation and expression of attitudes and the various ways that belonging to social groups influences behavior outside of conscious awareness. My most recent work has begun to examine the impact of alcohol consumption on the mental processes which produce the above effects and the neural underpinnings of these processes as measured by event-related brain potentials.
- BS, University of Washington, 2010
- Muenzinger E314
Research Interests: Broadly I am interested in stereotyping, identity and psychological essentialism and in particular their influence on achievement in academic and work environments. More specifically, I am interested in the role of gender stereotypes, identity conflict and psychological essentialism in explaining women's underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. I aim to identify (1) how these factors contribute to women's underrepresentation in STEM and (2) methods to increase women's interest, belonging and identification with STEM fields.
- BA, University of Missouri, 2008
- Muenzinger D354
- MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
- BA, Rutgers University, 2005
- Muenzinger D338
Research Interests: My research is conducted using a multi-level approach, bidirectionally integrating theory and methods from social psychology and neuroscience. I am primarily interested in the ways in which we perceive and extract information from human faces. The span of this research ranges from both the cognitive and neural substrates that underlie face encoding and perception to the social and attentional dimensions that may affect them and subsequent behavior (e.g., memory for faces). The overarching aims of this research are to help illuminate the ways in which the above factors interact to affect our perceptions of others, and to provide insights regarding in what ways we may be able to overcome certain resultant biases.
My most recent research has expanded into two new areas: using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the neural systems engaged subsequent to stereotype threat among female science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors during math testing and measuring event-related brain potentials (ERPs) among different levels of marijuana users to examine decision-making strategies during probabilistic learning. These projects seek to shed light on the neural processes and social factors involved in the cognitive functioning and decision-making strategies, as a function of different types of feedback, of these two distinct samples.
- BS, University of California at Irvine, 1988
- Muenzinger D364B
Professional Research Assistants
- BS, University of Arizona, 2011
- Muenzinger D365D
Research Interests: Drug use, the effect it has on cognitive functioning, and the role of individual differences. Ultimately, I want to study traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially interventions that may lead to a fuller recovery.
- BA, University of Colorado, 2012
- Muenzinger D356D
Research Interests: I currently work on studies investigating: how affirmation exercises moderate stereotype threat; effects of emotion on racial bias; impact of implicit racial biases on facial recognition and measures of event-related potentials (ERP). I have studied intimate relationship satisfaction, depression, and implicit bias. I also assist in projects studying factors affecting marijuana use as well as mindfulness to treat anxiety.
- BA, University of Colorado, 2011
- Muenzinger D351D
Research Interests: Health psychology, public health, obesity interventions and treatments, nutrition, exercise, risky behavior, and at-risk youth.