My broad areas of interest are: (1) social cognition, specifically (a) conceptualization of social categories and (b) effects of alcohol on social judgments; and (2) cross-cultural research, particularly explicit and implicit ethnic attitudes.
In the conceptualization of social categories line of research, I explore the effects of within-group variability on person perception, implicit and explicit ethnic prejudice and stereotyping, and perceptions of attractiveness. Recently, I started investigating the link between alcohol-related cues and racial biases; this research is supported by ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research (2011-2013). For details, please see: http://www.abmrf.org/grant_project_profiles.asp
In my cross-cultural line of research, I address these effects internationally, examining the moderating role of socio-cultural context. Many of my research projects address applied issues as well (e.g., the reduction of prejudice).
Stepanova, E. V., Strube, M. J, & Yablonsky, G. S. (in press). Now one is Russian, now one is not: Ethnic attitudes and categorization effects in the Russian Federation. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.
Stepanova E. V. Cross-ethnicity effect. (in press). In K. Keith (Ed.) The encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.
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