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Jay Van Bavel

Jay Van Bavel

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  • SPN Mentor

Jay Van Bavel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University and Director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Laboratory. His research examines how our collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs— alter our perceptions and evaluations of the world around us. He has received a number of awards, including the Young Investigator Award for distinguished contributions in social neuroscience from the Society for Social Neuroscience, the SAGE Young Scholars Award for outstanding achievements in social and personality psychology from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. He has published over forty academic papers and chapters in many of the top journals in psychology and neuroscience. He has also written about psychological science for The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, and the Washington Post and his research has been covered in major international media outlets, including TIME, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, CBC News, Women’s Health, Newsweek, and Salon. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the John Templeton Foundation. You can follow his research on Twitter (@vanbavellab) or Facebook (

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Internships and Assistantships:

  • Research Assistant

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Courses Taught:

  • Graduate - Attitudes and Evaluation
  • Graduate - Intergroup Relations
  • Undergraduate - Social Attitudes
  • Undergraduate - Social Psychology

Jay Van Bavel
Department of Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place
New York, New York 10003
United States

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