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Trawalter, Sophie

Sophie Trawalter

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Research Interests

Psychological phenomena related to diversity

Research Description

I am interested in psychological phenomena related to diversity. I am particularly interested in how people develop competencies for life in diverse spaces. To that end, I have studied (1) the dynamics of intergroup contact, (2) group-based social cognition, and (3) group-based social ecology. These three broad areas have allowed me to address important questions; most notably (A) how can we make the lived realities of Black Americans more visible to White Americans?, (B) how can we improve the quality and outcomes of interracial interactions?, and (C) how can we increase historically stigmatized group members? sense of place in historically discriminatory institutions? The aim of these lines of research, taken together, is to reduce intergroup tensions and improve the life outcomes of historically stigmatized and non-stigmatized group members. UNLEASH (Undergraduate Research) In our lab, we study phenomena related to diversity. We are especially interested in how individuals develop competencies for life in diverse spaces. Some current lines of research examine 1) stress and coping responses to interracial contact, 2) prejudice detection, and 3) the social ecology of privilege. The goal of our research is to find ways to improve intergroup contact and intergroup relations so that all members of society may attain positive life outcomes. We are looking for student research assistants to help with: collecting data (e.g., running studies in the lab, distributing surveys, coding nonverbal data), conducting literature searches, and entering data. Contact: SCABL Lab Manager

Selected Publications

Dore RA, Hoffman KM, Lillard AS, Trawalter S, Children's racial bias in perceptions of others' pain., 2014; The British journal of developmental psychology. 32(2) 218-31 PMID: 24576067 |

Bauman CW, Trawalter S, Unzueta MM, Diverse According to Whom? Racial group membership and concerns about discrimination shape diversity judgments., 2014; Personality & social psychology bulletin. 40(10) 1354-72 PMID: 25106545 |

Brown-Iannuzzi JL, Hoffman KM, Payne BK, Trawalter S, The invisible man: interpersonal goals moderate inattentional blindness to African Americans., 2013; Journal of experimental psychology. General. 143(1) 33-7 PMID: 23294347 |

Trawalter S, Adam EK, Chase-Lansdale PL, Richeson JA, Concerns about Appearing Prejudiced Get Under the Skin: Stress Responses to Interracial Contact in the Moment and across Time., 2012; Journal of experimental social psychology. 48(3) 682-693 PMID: 22711918 | PMCID: PMC3375720

Trawalter S, Hoffman KM, Waytz A, Racial bias in perceptions of others' pain., 2012; PloS one. 7(11) e48546 PMID: 23155390 | PMCID: PMC3498378

Trawalter S, Richeson JA, Let's Talk About Race, Baby! When Whites' and Blacks' Interracial Contact Experiences Diverge., 2009; Journal of experimental social psychology. 44(4) 1214-1217 PMID: 19578470 | PMCID: PMC2493421

Trawalter S, Richeson JA, Shelton JN, Predicting behavior during interracial interactions: a stress and coping approach., 2009; Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. 13(4) 243-68 PMID: 19778939 |

Richeson JA, Trawalter S, The threat of appearing prejudiced and race-based attentional biases., 2008; Psychological science. 19(2) 98-102 PMID: 18271854 |

Richeson JA, Trawalter S, Why do interracial interactions impair executive function? A resource depletion account., 2005; Journal of personality and social psychology. 88(6) 934-47 PMID: 15982114 |