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William & Mary Social Cognition Lab

 Lab Fall 2019

Lab Director: Cheryl Dickter ( 

In our lab, we focus on using a social cognitive approach to examine how individuals perceive members of different social groups. More specifically, we examine how attention is allocated to members of different social groups during categorization and how this might affect later stereotype activation. The social categories we study most often (i.e., race, sexual orientation) are those for whom stereotype activation has been shown to be instrumental in affecting later behavior towards individuals of derogated groups, such as Blacks and homosexuals. We also examine the factors that influence the confrontation of prejudice against the derogated groups listed above. 


 Here is a sample of papers that students in our lab have co-authored (asterisks indicate student author):

Farber, R., Wedell, E.*, Herchenroeder, L.*, Dickter, C. L., Pearson, M. R., & Bravo, A. J. (2020). Microaggressions and psychological health among college students: A moderated mediation model of rumination and social structure beliefs. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Nicolas, G.*, Skinner, A., & Dickter, C. L. (2019). Other than the Sum: Hispanic and Middle Eastern Categorizations of Black-White Mixed-Race Faces. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Dickter, C. L., Forestell, C. A., Gupta, N.*, & Blass, J. A.* (2017). Manipulating Entitativity Affects Implicit Behavioral and Neural Attentional Biases toward Gay Couples. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Dickter, C. L., Forestell, C. A., & Mulder, B. E.* (2015). Neural attention and evaluative responses to gay and lesbian couples. Social Neuroscience, 10(3), 308-319.10.1080/17470919.2014.999161

Weber, D. M.* & Dickter, C. L. (2015). Confronting the ‘F’ word: The effects of gender, ambiguity, and individual difference variables on non-targets’ confrontation of heterosexist comments. Journal of Homosexuality, 62(10), 1289-1312.

Dickter, C. L., Gagnon, K.T.*, Gyurovski, I. I.*, & Brewington, B. S.* (2015). Close contact with racial outgroup members moderates attentional allocation towards outgroup versus ingroup faces. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18(1), 76-88. doi: 10.1177/1368430214527854.

Dickter, C. L., & Newton, V. A.* (2013). To confront or not to confront: Non-targets’responses to racist comments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 262-275.doi: 10.1111/jasp.12022


 If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in the lab, complete the Research Assistant application and return it to