Laboratory for the Study of Social & Cultural Phenomena


Current Research Lines

  • The Intergroup Sensitivity Effect (ISE) Among Racial Groups - One important stimulus for growth is to receive and thoughtfully respond to legitimate criticism. This is true for both individuals and groups. The ISE refers to the tendency for people to react more negatively when their ingroup is criticized by an outgroup member versus an ingroup member. We are conducting studies to document the ISE among racial groups and explore ways that the ISE can be reduced so that legtimate criticism is more likely to lead to growth.
    • Collaborators: Dr. Diana Riser, Columbus State University & Jessica Bray, University of Texas at El Paso 
  • Resistance to Change and Political Ideology - The motivated social cognition model of political ideology posits that one core facet of conservative ideology is resistance to change (RTC). My students and I recently developed a survey measure of RTC (White et al., 2019). At the same time, several other researchers were also developing their own RTC measures. I am currently collaborating with all of these researchers to distill items from these many measures down into one or two cross-culturally valid measures of RTC. 
    • Collaborators: Mark Brandt (Tilberg University), Shaul Oreg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Onurcan Yilmaz (Kadir Has University), Artur Nilsson (Lund University), & Flavio Azevedo (Friedrich Schiller University) 


Interested in an Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) position?

I recruit and accept new URAs by application only. Each spring semester I send an email to all psychology majors announcing that I am currently accepting applications for URA positions in my lab. The email contains the application form and requires that you also obtain at least two recommendations from other faculty members. To be eligible for an URA position, you must have earned at least a B in PSYC 2500, commit to working in my lab for a minimum of two semesters, and sign up for PSYC 4400 (Directed Studies) for at least one of those semesters.

If selected, you would help with my ongoing lines of research (see above). In the process you would learn about study conceptualization/design, materials preparation, securing IRB approval, study pre-registration, data collection, data prep and analysis in SPSS, and the presentation of research results at professional conferences.  


Current Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) - Grace Bowe, Avery Britt, Alondra Guerrero, Isabela Layton, Christopher Pauyo

URA Alumni - Brooke Cassanova. Amilynn Graham, Charles Harben, Ida Hepso, Scarlet Hernandez, Kaelyn Ireland, Dakota Kinney, Caleb Lang, Chloe McLaughlin, Kyle Sheinfeld, Logan Turner, CaSaundra White

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   PURC 2017







 2019 URAs - SEPA Conference in Jacksonville, FL              Kaelyn & Logan - GA Capital Presentation 2020            2019-2020 URAs at Dave & Busters


Selected Publications

White, K. R. G., Kinney, D., Danek, R. H., Smith, B., & Harben, C. (2020). The Resistance to Change-Beliefs Scale: Validation of a new measure of conservative ideology. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(1), 20–35.

Jung, K. H., White, K. R. G., & Powanda, S. (2019). Automaticity of gender categorization: A test of the efficiency feature. Social Cognition, 37, 122-144. 

White, K.R.G., Crites, S.C., Danek, R., Herring, D.R., & Taylor, J.H. (2018). Taking priming to task: Variations in stereotype priming effects across participant task. Social Psychology, 49, 29-46. 

Kidder, C., White, K.R.G., Crites, S.L., Hinojos, M.R., & Sandoval, M.L. (2018). Sequential stereotype priming: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Herring, D.R., White, K.R.G., Jabeen, L.N., Song, I., & Crites, S.L. (2015). Something (important) is out there! Effects of prime arousal and location on evaluative priming. Motivation and Emotion, 39(5), 742-752.

Herring, D.R., White, K.R.G., Jabeen, L.N., Hinojos, M., Reyes, S., Terrazas, G., Taylor, J.H., & Crites, S.L. (2013). On the automatic activation of attitudes: A quarter century of evaluative priming research. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 1062-1089.

White, K.R.G., Crites, S.L., Taylor, J.H., & Corral, G. (2009). Wait, what? Assessing stereotype incongruities using the N400 ERP component. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 4, 191-198.