We explore automatic evaluative processing, specifically how the evaluation of threat can be distinguished from other types of negativity, and how such unique processing plays out from a social cognitive perspective. We apply this distinction between threat and other forms of processing to the study of many social phenomena, both basic and more applied. Phenomena like prejudice, suicide, and phobias, as well as how threat affects political outcomes and attitudes/behaviors towards the police.
Please click a topic below for in-depth pages describing the work we have and are doing on each of these lines of research.
You can also find links to a description of the methods and measures we use, the materials we often use that are free to use in your own research, and a method for processing mouse-tracking data that provides unique information about the onset of the categorization process.