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Adams, Reginald

  1. Ph.D., 2002, Dartmouth College
rba10@psu.edu

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Reginald Adams is interested in how we extract social and emotional meaning from nonverbal cues, particularly via the face. His work addresses how multiple social messages (e.g., emotion, gender, race, age, etc.) combine and interact to form unified representations that guide our impressions of and responses to others. Of particular interest is the functional correspondence between static and expressive cues; at a fundamental level both signal basic intentions to approach-avoid, dominate, and/or affiliate. With this in mind, his current work examines the influences of eye gaze, social group memberships (e.g., gender and race), and facial appearance on the way we process and perceive others’ mental and emotional states. Although his questions are social psychological in origin, his research draws upon visual cognition and affective neuroscience to address social perception at the functional and neuroanatomical levels.

Cook, Jonathan

  1. Ph.D., 2007, University of Oregon
jec44@psu.edu

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Jonathan Cook studies how identity threat from important social categories, like race, gender, sexual orientation, or chronic illness, can affect cognitive, affective, and physiological processes over time. His research examines consequences that are shared across disparate stigmatized group memberships, as well as the unique consequences of given social identity groups or identity types (e.g., based on ability to conceal).  His research also seeks to develop and test psychological interventions to reduce identity threat or mitigate its consequences.

Gasper, Karen

  1. Ph.D., 1999, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
kxg20@psu.edu

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Karen Gasper is interested in affect and social cognition. Currently, her research examines the effect of both momentary and long-term feelings on information processing, the factors that influence affect regulation, and situational and individual differences in emotional understanding and experience. Some projects have investigated the influence of trait and state anxiety on judgment, the effect of mood on creativity, and the factors that reduce the influence of affect on information processing.

Mark, Melvin

  1. Ph.D., 1979, Northwestern University
m5m@psu.edu

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Mel Mark's current interests include: (1) application of recent models of affect to prevention and to risk-taking behaviors; (2) the appropriate use of social science research in social policy, particularly in the context of program evaluation; and (3) a revision and extension of terror management theory.

Shields, Stephanie

  1. Ph.D., 1976, The Pennsylvania State University
sashields@psu.edu

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Stephanie Shields' research is at the intersection of the psychology of emotion, the psychology of gender, and feminist psychology. Her current work focuses on questions concerning when, why, and how emotion and emotionality are explicitly labeled in everyday situations, especially in the workplace. She also studies the social context of psychological research, especially the history of the psychology of women and gender, and women's participation in American psychology.

Swim, Janet

  1. Ph.D., 1988, University of Minnesota
jks4@psu.edu

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Janet Swim's research addresses perceptions and responses to current social and environmental issues.  She examines the impact of information, motivation (e.g., values, beliefs, and emotions), and behavioral skills on interest in information about climate change and engagement in pro-environmental behavior. 

Vescio, Theresa

  1. Ph.D., 1996, University of Kansas
tkv1@psu.edu

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Theresa Vescio's primary research interests fall under the rubric of stereotyping and prejudice. Within that context, she examines questions of how global societal stereotypes (a) are internalized by high and low prejudice people, (b) affect dominant group members' judgment of and behavior toward members of negatively stereotyped groups, and (c) influence the self-definition of members of negatively stereotyped groups.

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