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Jennifer Richeson

Jennifer Richeson

Our research focuses on psychological phenomena associated with diversity. Our work generally concerns the ways in which social group memberships such as race and gender impact the way people think, feel, and behave. More specifically, we investigate antecedents and consequences of prejudice and stereotyping from dual perspectives: traditionally stigmatized and dominant groups. We are currently involved in several areas of research: (1) cognitive, affective, and behavioral dynamics and consequences of interracial contact and diversity, (2) detecting, confronting, and managing the threats associated with prejudice and discrimination, and (3) social categorization and identity management. Through the development of these research streams, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of both the promise and potential pitfalls of diverse environments.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Shelton, J. N., & Richeson, J. A. (2006). Interracial interactions: A relational approach. In M.P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 38, pp. 121-181). New York: Academic Press.
  • Todd, A. R., Bodenhausen, G. V., Richeson, J. A., & Galinsky, A. D. (2011). Perspective taking combats automatic expressions of racial bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(6), 1027-1042.
  • Johnson, S. E., Richeson, J. A., & Finkel, E. (2011). Middle-class and marginal? Socioeconomic status, stigma, and self-regulation at an elite university. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(5), 838-852.
  • Bergsieker, H., Shelton, J. N., & Richeson, J. A. (2010). To be liked versus respected: Divergent goals in interracial interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 248-264
  • Peery, D., & Richeson, J. A. (2010). Broadening horizons: Considerations for creating a more complete science of diversity. Psychological Inquiry, 21, 146-152.
  • Johnson, S. E., & Richeson, J. A. (2009). Solo status revisited: Examining racial group differences in the self-regulatory consequences of self-presenting as a racial solo. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1032-1035.
  • Trawalter, S., Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2009). Predicting behavior during interracial interactions: A stress and coping approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13, 243-268.
  • Eastwick, P. W., Richeson, J. A, Son, D., & Finkel, E.J. (2009). Is love colorblind? Political orientation moderates interracial romantic desire. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1258-1268.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Trawalter, S. (2008). The threat of appearing prejudiced and race-based attentional biases. Psychological Science, 19, 98-102.
  • Trawalter, S., Todd, A., Baird, A. A. & Richeson, J. A. (2008). Attending to threat: Race-based patterns of selective attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1322-1327.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2007). Negotiating interracial interactions: Costs, consequences, and possibilities. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 316-320.
  • Shelton, J. N., Richeson, J. A., Salvatore, J., & Trawalter, S. (2005). Ironic effects of racial bias during interracial interactions. Psychological Science, 16, 397-402.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Nussbaum, R. J. (2004). The impact of multiculturalism versus color-blindness on racial bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 417-423.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2003). When prejudice does not pay: Effects of interracial contact on executive function. Psychological Science, 14, 287-290.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Ambady, N. (2003). Effects of situational power on automatic racial prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 177-183.
  • Richeson, J. A., Baird, A. A., Gordon, H. L., Heatherton, T. F, Wyland, C. L., Trawalter, S., & Shelton, J. N. (2003). An fMRI examination of the impact of interracial contact on executive function. Nature Neuroscience, 6, 1323-1328.
  • Ambady, N., Bernieri, F., & Richeson, J. A. (2000). Towards a histology of social behavior: Judgmental accuracy from thin slices of behavior. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 32, 201-271.
  • Richeson, J. A., & Craig, M. A. (2011). Intra-minority intergroup relations in the twenty-first century. Daedalus, 140(2), 166-175.
  • Murphy, M. C., Richeson, J. A., & Molden, D. C. (2011). Leveraging motivational mindsets to foster positive interracial interactions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(2), 118-131.

Other Publications:

  • Shelton, J. N., Richeson, J. A., Salvatore, J., & Hill, D. M. (2006). Silence is not always golden: Intrapersonal consequences of not challenging prejudice. In S. Levin and C. Van Laar (Eds.), Stigma and Intergroup Inequality. Social psychological perspectives (pp. 65-81). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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Jennifer Richeson
Department of Psychology
Northwestern University
2029 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

  • Phone: (847) 467-1331
  • Fax: (847) 491-7859

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