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 computer game/simulation of how racial privilege creates inequity and how it might be reduced. I am currently determining the impact of the game on 35 different race-related constructs and on the player’s moods.
- 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 eight 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.
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