Erin Cooley

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Erin Cooley

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Department/Office Information

Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • M 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Zoom)
  • T 1:30pm - 3:30pm (Zoom)
  •  2:00pm - 4:00pm (Sunday in Olin Tent)
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 2009
  • B.A. in Spanish, University of Florida, 2009
  • M.A. in Social Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a Formal Concentration in Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

My research examines the cognitive, affective, and physiological processes that result from, and contribute to, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. I am particularly focused on understanding implicit biases, prejudice at the intersection of identities (e.g., race, gender, class), and the psychological and physiological effects of shifting U.S. racial demographics and rising economic inequality.

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Vuletich, H., Kurtz-Costes, B., Cooley, E., & Payne, B. K. (in press). Math and language gender stereotypes: Age and gender differences in implicit attitudes and explicit beliefs. PLOS ONE.

Cooley, E., ** Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** Lei, R., Philbrook, L., Cipolli, W., & McKee, S. E. (2020). Investigating the health consequences for white Americans who believe white Americans are wealthy. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550620905219

Cooley, E., ** Hester, N., ** Cipolli, W., Rivera, L., Abrams, K., * Pagan, J., Sommers, S., & Payne, B. K. (2019). Racial biases in officers’ decisions to frisk are amplified for Black people stopped among groups leading to similar biases in searches, arrests, and use of force. Social Psychological and Personality Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619876638

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Cottrell, D.* (2019). Liberals perceive more racism than conservatives when police shoot Black men—But, reading about White privilege increases perceived racism, and shifts attributions of guilt, regardless of political ideology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychologyhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002210311930352X

 

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lei, R. F., & Cipolli, W. III. (2019). Complex intersections of race and class: Among social liberals, learning about White privilege reduces sympathy, increases blame, and decreases external attributions for White people struggling with poverty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000605

 

Cooley, E., ** Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** & Boudreau, C.* (2019). Shifting stereotypes of welfare recipients can reverse racial biases in support for wealth redistribution. Social Psychological and Personality Science.https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619829062

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Cooley, E., McKee, S. E., & Hyden, C. (2019). Wealthy Whites and poor Blacks: Implicit associations between racial groups and wealth predict explicit opposition toward helping the poor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology82, 26-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2018.11.006

Cooley, E., Lei, R., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Ellerkamp, T.* (2019). Personal prejudice, other guilt: Explicit prejudice toward Black people predicts guilty verdicts for White officers who kill Black men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin45(5), 754–766. 

Cooley, E., Lei, R. F., & Ellerkamp, T.* (2018). The mixed outcomes of taking ownership for implicit racial biases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin44(10), 1424-1434.

Cooley, E., & Payne, B. K. (2018). A group is more than the average of its parts: Why existing stereotypes are applied more to the same individuals when viewed in groups than when viewed alone. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 1368430218756494.

Cooley, E., Winslow, H.,* Vojt, A.,* Shein, J.,* & Ho, J.* (2018). Bias at the intersection of identity: Conflicting social stereotypes of gender and race augment the perceived femininity and interpersonal warmth of smiling Black women. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology74, 43-49.

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Agboh, D., Enjaian, B.,* Geyer, R.,* Lue, N.,* & Wu, S.* (2018). The fluid perception of racial identity: The role of friendship groups. Social Psychological and Personality Science9(1), 32-39. doi: 10.1177/1948550617703171

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J, Brown, C.S., & Polikoff, J.* (2018). Black groups accentuate hypodescent by activating threats to the racial hierarchySocial Psychological and Personality Science. doi: 10.1177/1948550617708014

Cooley, E., Payne, B.K., Cipolli, W., Cameron, D, Berger, A.,* & Gray, K. (2017). The paradox of group mind: "people in a group" have more mind than "a group of people."Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(5), 691.

Cooley, E., & Payne, B. K. (2017). Using groups to measure intergroup prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin43(1), 46-59. doi:10.1177/0146167216675331.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Dotsch, R., Cooley, E., & Payne, B. K. (2016). The relationship between mental representations of welfare recipients and attitudes toward welfare. Psychological Science, 28(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1177/0956797616674999.

Lai, C. K., Skinner, A. L., Cooley, E., Murrar, S., Brauer, M., Devos, T., Calanchini, J., Xiao, Y. J.,  Pedram, C., Marshburn, C. K., Simon, S., Blanchar, J. C., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Conway, J., Redford, L., Klein, R. A., Roussos, G., Schellhaas, F. M. H., Burns, M., Hu, X., McLean, M. C., Axt, J. R., Asgari, S., Schmidt, K., Rubinstein., R, Marini, M., Rubichi, S., Shin,. J. L., & Nosek, B. A. (2016). Reducing implicit racial preferences: II. Intervention effectiveness across time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 8, 1001-1016.

Cooley, E., Payne, B.K., Loersch, C., & Lei, R. (2015). Who owns implicit attitudes? Testing a meta-cognitive perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin41(1), 103-115.

Cooley, E., Payne, B.K., & Phillips, J. K.* (2014). Implicit bias and the illusion of conscious ill will. Social Psychological and Personality Science5, 500-507.

Cooley, E., Rea, A. J., Insko, C. A., & Payne, B. K. (2013). Perceived relevance of honesty and agreeableness to situations with non-correspondent and correspondent outcomes: an interdependence perspective. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 593-599.

Payne, B.K., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Burkley, M., Arbuckle, N., Cooley, E., Cameron, C.D., & Lundberg, K.B. (2013). Intention invention and the affect misattribution procedure: Reply to Bar-Anan and Nosek (2012). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 375-386.

Cooley, E., Perry, S., & Rogbeer. K.* (under review). The pernicious consequences of framing implicit bias as distinct from bigotry. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Cooley, E., ** Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** Lei, R., Cipolli, W., & Philbrook, L. (under review). The policy implications of feeling low versus high status within a privileged group. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Wu, S.,* McKee, S. E., Ntakarutimana, C., & Agboh, D. (under review). Accusations of being “White-washed:” Intra-group evaluations of People of Color who befriend White people. Target Journal: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Cooley, E., Cipolli, W., & Mehta, S. (revised and resubmitted). Race, ambivalent sexism, and perceptions of situations when police shoot Black women. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Cooley, E., Marshburn, C., McKee, S., & Lei, R. (revised and resubmitted). Investigating the interplay between race, work ethic stereotypes, and attitudes toward welfare recipients and policies. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** Cooley, E., ** Lei, R., Philbrook, L., Cipolli, W., McKee, S. E., & Marshburn, C. (revision invited). For Black Americans, racial inequality may alter links between subjective socioeconomic status, emotions, and health. Target Journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** Cooley, E., ** Cipolli, W., & Lei, R. (under review). Racialized work ethic beliefs and support for social security. Target Journal: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Cooley, E., Cipolli, W., & Payne, B.K. (under review). Who gets to vote? Racialized mental images of legitimate and illegitimate voters. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Cooley, E., ** Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., ** Lei, R., & Cipolli, W. (in preparation). Beliefs about White poverty, rather than Black poverty, predict differences in White and Black Americans' welfare policy support. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Lei, R., Powell, M., * & Munro, K.* (in preparation). Flexible racial identification among biracial people can lead to stereotypes of being disingenuous and strategic. Target Journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

“Character and Context” blog post for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (October 31, 2020). “When safety in numbers becomes racism in numbers” http://spsp.org/news-center/blog/cooley-white-black-groups

“Character and Context” blog post for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (June 10, 2019). “Who is to blame when police officers shoot Black men?” http://www.spsp.org/news-center/blog/cooley-brown-iannuzzi-lei-shoot-black-men?fbclid=IwAR22lvB7dC53ddPyEsQ5uKZrVCA8worbCjt-zWhJJp4NXNIyp2tWR3-mmmI

OpEd for Vice (May 7, 2019). “The disturbing thing I learned studying white privilege and liberals.” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/neazxq/the-disturbing-thing-i-learned-studying-white-privilege-and-liberals

“Character and Context” blog post for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (April 15, 2019). “Beliefs that Black people are poor predict opposition toward welfare.” http://www.spsp.org/news-center/blog/brown-cooley-race

The Academic Minute: A WMAC National Production (August 31, 2017). “Groups and sympathy” https://academicminute.org/2017/08/erin-cooley-colgate-university-groups-and-sympathy/