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).
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Social Behavior Laboratory
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- Dunham, Y., Stepanova, E. V., Dotsch, R., & Todorov, A. (in press). The development of race-based perceptual categorization: skin color dominates early category judgments. Developmental Science.
- Stepanova E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., & Friedman, R. S. (2012). Alcohol-related cues promote automatic racial bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Stepanova E. V., & Strube, M. J. (2012). The role of skin color and facial physiognomy in racial categorization: Moderation by implicit racial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
- Stepanova, E. V., & Strube, M. J. (2012). What’s in a face? The role of skin tone, facial physiognomy, and color presentation mode of facial primes in affective priming effects. Journal of Social Psychology, 152(2), 212-227.
- Stepanova, E. V., & Strube, M. J. (2009). Making of a face: Role of facial physiognomy, skin tone, and color presentation mode in evaluations of racial typicality. Journal of Social Psychology, 149(1), 66-81.
- Stepanova, E. V., Strube, M. J., & Hetts, J. J. (2009). They saw a triple lutz: Bias and its perception in American and Russian newspaper coverage of the 2002 Olympic figure skating scandal. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(8), 1763-1784.
- Stepanova, E. V., Strube, M. J, & Yablonsky, G. S. (2013). Now one is Russian, now one is not: Ethnic attitudes and categorization effects in the Russian Federation. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 2(2), 85-99.
- Stepanova, E. V. & Hagiwara, N. (in press). Category-Based and Feature-Based Bias: Measurement and Application. In M. Casas, L. Suzuki, C. Alexander, and M. Jackson (Eds.) Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (4th Edition).
- Stepanova, E., Strube, M., Yablonsky, G., Pehrson, K., & Shuman, S. (2008). Studying explicit and implicit ethnic attitudes and ethnic categorization effects in the Russian Federation [Abstract]. International Journal of Psychology, 43, p. 810.
- Stepanova E. V. (2013). Cross-ethnicity effect (Face recognition). In K. Keith (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. (pp. 286-288). Wiley-Blackwell.
Elena V. Stepanova
Department of Psychology
118 College Drive, #5025
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406
- Phone: (239) 590-1513
- Skype Name: elenavstepanova