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Elena V. Stepanova

Elena V. Stepanova

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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:

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).

I will be accepting graduate students for FALL 2018 admissions.

For more information, please visit my lab web page at

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Elena V. Stepanova
Department of Psychology
Owings-McQuagge Hall
118 College Drive, #5025
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406
United States

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