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I'm a professor in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University, and also in the Marketing Department of the Kellogg School of Management.  I teach various courses in social psychology, and I direct the Social Cognition Laboratory, where we study the cognitive underpinnings of social attitudes, perceptions, and behavior.


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Intersectionality and Implicit Bias

American Children Show Clear Bias at the Intersection of Race and Gender

In a new study published in the journal Developmental Science, we report evidence showing intersectional social biases among 4-year-old kids: they respond less positively to Black boys than to other subgroups.  

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Intersectional Stereotyping

Can Learning that a Man is Gay Change Your Conception of His Racial Characteristics?

New research led by Chris Petsko finds evidence that gay men seem less typical of their racial groups -- and if they are Black or Latino, they seem to possess traits that are stereotypically associated with White people. 

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Gender Bias

Economic Instability Dampens Support for Female Political Candidates

New experiments conducted with Ryan Lei show that female candidates are particularly likely to be evaluated less positively when turbulent economic conditions are on voters' minds.