William & Mary Social Cognition Lab
Our research deals with social cognition; more specifically, we are interested in stereotyping and prejudice. In the lab, we study race, gender, and sexual orientation from a variety of angles. On one hand, we examine the initial stereotypes that automatically come to mind when you see an individual belonging to certain social group (e.g., race, gender, etc.). On the other hand, we examine how people respond to individuals making prejudicial remarks. Our research employs a variety of research methods, including behavioral measures, EEG techniques, and self-report.
If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in the lab, complete the following application: Research Assistant application and return it to my mailbox in the psychology department or email me at email@example.com
Julie is interested in social neuroscience, especially using EEG to understand stereotyping, stigma, and prejudice. Current projects include attention to and categorization of racially ambiguous faces, neural processing of racial information in autism spectrum disorders, implicit attitudes towards college students with autism spectrum disorders, and the influence of minority status on the perceptions of confrontation of prejudice. Julie is also the project coordinator of the Addiction Research lab. Her website is: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/jakittel
Undergraduate Honors student
Undergraduate Honors student, class of 2013
My research examines how the offensiveness of a heterosexist (or homophobic) comment influences the response to the comment, in that a comment that is saliently prejudicial will typically provoke a more assertive response in rejection of that comment and the underlying prejudice, while an ambiguously prejudicial comment will not provoke as strong of a response. I have also worked with studies dealing with confrontation of racist comments. My interests lie in how people respond to prejudicial comments and what factors lead people to confront or avoid confronting.
Undergraduate student, class of 2014