My research interests fall within the general area of social psychology. A central interest is in prejudice and stereotyping where I have 3 inter-related projects going:
- Causes and consequences of becoming aware of white privilege. Given that our culture subtly provides advantages to White people that are not available to non-Whites, how can awareness be increased and what are the consequences of doing so for people’s racial attitudes? To study these issues, I have developed a Monopoly-style board game to illustrate white privilege. I am currently folding into the game gender privilege, and hope to add sexual orientation, social class, and beauty privilege in the near future. My student collaborators on this project have been: Emily Clark, Jessica Copeland, Michael Campbell, Melanie Mathews, and Brian Baker.
- Implicit prejudice: developing memory and perceptually-based measures of implicit prejudice beyond those tapped by the IAT (Implicit Association Test) and evaluative priming. My student collaborators in this have been: Whitney Cade, Laura Arnold, and Liv Brown.
- Campus Climate: I am interested in assessing and improving Rhodes’ campus climate regarding diversity issues. Through an internet survey, I have been collecting for the past three years campus wide assessments of student perceptions of the climate. My collaborators in this endeavor are Drs. Anita Davis and Carla Shirley plus a host of students.
Another interest area is in "illusion and bias," people’s tendency to be deceived and to make suboptimal judgments. These interests have been shuffled to the back burner:
- Detecting incompetence. The roles of the illusion of learning, one′s willingness to admit ignorance, and social/conversational norms in making it so difficult for people to recognize imposters and con-artists.
- Paranormal Beliefs. The social psychological factors which lead many people to interpret their unusual experiences as evidence for paranormal entities or forces. I am developing a scale to measure people’s belief in and experiences with a host of paranormal phenomena.
- Student exercise: Can you act randomly?
- Description for Instructors
- My program to generate interactive quizzes on the Web
- One of my current interests involves assessing beliefs about and experiences with the paranormal. You can take my surveys if your browser has the Authorware plug-in. Go to the test page to see if you have it or to download it for free. Then go here to take the surveys.
B.A., M.A and Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa)
Courses I currently teach:
200 - RESEARCH METHODS & STATISTICS
323 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHOLOGY
410 - RESEARCH TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Courses I have taught in the recent past and I may teach again, schedule permitting:
Psychology 110 - EXPLANATIONS OF PARANORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology 309 - HUMAN JUDGMENT & DECISION PSYCHOLOGY