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Jay Van Bavel

Jay Van Bavel

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My research explores how social concerns—from group memberships to moral beliefs—shape the perceptions, cognitions and evaluations that drive behavior, and the underlying neural mechanisms that mediate these processes. This work builds on some basic assumptions about the dynamic nature of human perception and evaluation that are different from the dual process models that permeate psychology. My primary line of research takes a multi-level approach to self-categorization and social identity, blending theory and methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Other lines of research explore the flexibility of moral judgment and the effects of social context and individual differences on social perception and evaluation.

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, NY 10003
United States

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