Each day we are likely to interact with a variety of people, such as friends, relatives, and workmates, each of who has different thoughts and expectations. My research examines how participating in different interpersonal interactions shapes our self-understanding and evaluations of others, with a focus on outcomes related to ethnic and gender stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. One line of research shows that individuals' stereotype-relevant self-views are shaped by the apparent beliefs of others. Individuals will engage in self-stereotyping when they want to get along with someone who seems to think stereotypes of their group are true, even if doing so may have non-relational negative consequences. A second line of research shows that although people can not consciously control their level of implicit prejudice, this form of prejudice can shift as a function of fleeting interpersonal interactions. A final line of research examines the impact of contact with members of other ethnic groups, and one's own ethnic group, on one's degree of prejudice. Overall, my work suggests interpersonal interactions are a vehicle by which cultural phenomena (e.g., stereotypes, prejudice) become individual thought.
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Lun, J., Sinclair, S., Glenn, C., & Whitchurch, E. (2007). (Why) do I think what you think? Epistemic social tuning and implicit prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 957-972.
- Sinclair, S., Hardin, C., & Lowery, B. (2006). Self-stereotyping in the context of multiple social identities. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 529-542.
- Sinclair, S., Dunn, L., & Lowery, B. (2005). The relationship between parental racial attitudes and children’s implicit prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 283-289.
- van Laar, C., Levin, S., Sinclair, S., & Sidanius, J. (2005). The effect of university roommate contact on ethnic attitudes and behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 329-345.
- Sinclair, S., Huntsinger, J., Skorinko, J., & Hardin, C. (2005). Social tuning of the self: Consequences for the self-evaluations of stereotype targets. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 160-175.
- Sinclair, S., Lowery, B., Hardin, C., & Colangelo, A. (2005). Social tuning of automatic racial attitudes: The role of affiliative motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 583-592.
- Sidanius, J., van Laar, C., Levin, S., & Sinclair, S. (2004). Ethnic enclaves and the dynamics of social identity on the college campus: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 96-110. [Honorable Mention, Allport Prize for Best Intergroup Relations Paper, 2005]
- Levin, S., Sinclair, S., Veniegas, R., & Taylor, P. (2002). Perceived discrimination in the context of multiple group memberships. Psychological Science, 13, 557-560.
- Lowery, B., Hardin, C., & Sinclair, S. (2001). Social influence effects on automatic racial prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 842-855.
- van Laar, C., Sidanius, J., Rabinowitz, J. L., & Sinclair, S. (1999). The three Rs of academic achievement: Reading, 'riting, and racism. Personality and Social Psycholology Bulletin, 25, 139-151.
- Sinclair, S., Sidanius, J., & Levin, S. (1998). The interface between ethnic and social system attachment: The differential effects of hierarchy-enhancing and hierarchy-attenuating environments. Journal of Social Issues, 54, 741-758.
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