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.
- 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:
- Gantman, A.P., & Van Bavel, J. J. (in press) The moral pop-out effect: Enhanced perceptual awareness of morally relevant stimuli. Cognition.
- Brosch, T., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2012). The flexibility of emotional attention: Accessible social identities guide rapid attentional orienting. Cognition.
- Cunningham, W. A., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2009). Varieties of emotional experience: Differences in object or computation? Emotion Review, 1, 56-57.
- Cunningham, W. A., Van Bavel, J. J., Arbuckle, N. L., Packer, D. J., & Waggoner, A. S. (2012). Rapid social perception is flexible: Approach and avoidance motivational states shape P100 responses to other-race faces. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 140.
- Cunningham, W. A., Van Bavel, J. J., & Johnsen, I. R. (2008). Affective flexibility: Evaluative processing goals shape amygdala activity. Psychological Science, 2, 152-160.
- Cunningham, W. A., Zelazo, P. D., Packer, D. J., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2007). The iterative reprocessing model: A multilevel framework for attitudes and evaluation. Social Cognition, 25, 736-760.
- Gill., M. J., Packer, D. J., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2013). More to morality than mutualism: Consistent contributors exist and they can inspire costly generosity in others. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 90.
- Hackel, L.M., Looser, C.E., & Van Bavel, J. J., (2014). Group membership alters the threshold for mind perception: The role of social identity, collective identification, and intergroup threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 52, 15-23.
- Kaul, C., Ratner, K. G., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2012, online). Dynamic representation of race: Processing goals shape race decoding in the fusiform gyri. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Park, G. H., Van Bavel, J. J., Vasey, M. W., & Thayer, J. F. (2012). Cardiac vagal tone predicts inhibited attention to fearful faces. Emotion.
- Ratner, K. G., Kaul, C., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2012). Is race erased? Decoding race from patterns of neural activity when skin color is not diagnostic of group boundaries. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Van Bavel, J. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). A social identity approach to person memory: Group membership, collective identification, and social role shape attention and memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1566-1578.
- Van Bavel, J. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2009). Self-categorization with a novel mixed-race group moderates automatic social and racial biases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 321-335.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Packer, D. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2011). Modulation of the Fusiform Face Area following minimal exposure to motivationally relevant faces: Evidence of in-group enhancement (not out-group disregard). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3343-3354.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Packer, D. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2008). The neural substrates of in-group bias: A functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging investigation. Psychological Science,11, 1131-1139.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Packer, D. J., Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). The importance of moral construal: Moral versus non-moral construal elicits faster, more extreme, universal evaluations of the same actions. PLoS ONE, 7, e48693.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Swencionis, J. K., O’Connor, R. C., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). Motivated social memory: Belonging needs moderate the own-group bias in face recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 707-713.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Xiao, Y. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). Evaluation is a dynamic process: Moving beyond dual system models. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 438-454.
- Wohl, M. J. A., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2011). Is identifying with a historically victimized group good or bad for your health? Transgenerational post-traumatic stress and collective victimization. European Journal of Social Psychology.
- Xiao, Y. J., & Van Bavel, J. J. (2012). See your friends close, and your enemies closer: Social identity and identity threat shape the representation of physical distance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 959-972.
- 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
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