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WELCOME

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.

RECENT RESEARCH

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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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Race Bias

How Racial Stereotypes Infuse Conceptions of Risk Taking and Risk Takers

New research, led by recent PhD recipient James Wages, shows that responsible risk-takers are imagined to have stereotypically White characteristics, but reckless risk-takers are seen as having stereo-typically Black traits.   .