Research and Publications

In the Social Perception Lab we investigate a number of questions related to prejudice, discrimination, and stigma. Our research is primarily interested in how people cope with stigma, how people identify discrimination, how people recognize or avoid information about their own biases, and how cultural ideologies influence people’s thoughts about prejudice. Below is a list of recent publications from our lab.


Selected Publications

Moss, A. J., Blodorn, A., Van Camp, A. R., & O’Brien, L. T. (2017). Gender equality, value violations, and prejudice toward Muslims. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.  

O’Brien, L. T., Hitti, A., Schaffer, E., Van Camp, A., Gilbert, P., & Henry, D. (In press). Improving girls’ sense of fit in science: Increasing the impact of role models. Social Psychology and Personality Science.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L. T., Cheryan, S., & Vick, S.B. (2016). Perceptions of racism in Katrina-related events: Understanding racial differences in perceptions of racism. Social Justice Research, (29), 139-158.

O’Brien, L. T., Garcia, D.M., Adams, G., Villalobos, J.G., Hammer, E., & Gilbert, P. (2015). The threat of sexism in a STEM educational setting: Moderating impacts of ethnicity and legitimacy beliefs. Social Psychology of Education, 18, 667-684.

Simon, S. & O’Brien, L.T. (2015). Confronting sexism: Exploring the effect of nonsexist credentials on the costs of target confrontations. Sex Roles, 73, 245-257.

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Adams, G., Garcia, D. & Hammer, E. (2015). Ethnic variation in gender-STEM stereotypes and STEM participation: An intersectional approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 169-180.

Gilbert, P.N., O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., & Marx, D. (2015). Not the sum of its parts: Decomposing implicit academic stereotypes to understand academic outcomes for men and women. Sex Roles, 72, 25 – 39.

Simon, S., Kinias, Z., O’Brien, L. T., Major, B., & Bivolaru, E. (2013). Prototypes of Discrimination: How Status Asymmetry and Stereotype Asymmetry Affect Judgments of Racial Discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 525-533.

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L. T. (2013). Evaluations of White American versus Black American discrimination claimants’ political views and prejudicial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 211-216.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., & Simon, S. (2012). Why did you choose that person over me? Ingroup rejection and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1225-1233.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L. T., & Kordys, J. (2012). Responding to sex-based discrimination: Gender differences in perceived discrimination and implications for legal decision making. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 15, 409-424.