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Erin Cooley

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Psychology, 111C Olin Hall
p 315-228-7328


  • 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

Research Interests

My research examines the cognitive, affective, and physiological mechanisms behind intergroup conflict and discrimination. I am particularly focused on understanding factors that lead people who are motivated to be egalitarian to discriminate and the consequences of subtle forms of discrimination (e.g., nonverbal behavior) on the targets of bias. Most recently, I have begun to explore how shifting American racial demographics affect the expression of prejudice toward Multiracial people and People of Color.

Published Manuscripts

*Indicates student author

Cooley, E., Lei, R, & Ellerkamp, T.* (in press). The mixed outcomes of taking ownership for implicit racial biases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Cooley, E., & Payne, B.K. (in press). 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 and Intergroup Relations.

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, Brown, C.S., & Polikoff, J.* (2017). Black groups accentuate hypodescent by activating threats to the racial hierarchySocial Psychological and Personality Science. doi: 10.1177/1948550617708014.

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Agboh, D., Enjaian, B., Geyer, R.,* Lue, N.,* & Wu, S.* (2017). The fluid perception of racial identity: The role of friendship groupsSocial Psychological and Personality Science. doi: 10.1177/1948550617703171.

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.

Manuscripts Under Review or Revision

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Boudreau, C.* (under review). From welfare queens to the threat of success: Learning about successful Black (versus White) recipients of cash assistance leads White people to support more restrictive cash assistance policy. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Cooley, E., Lei, R., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Ellerkamp, T.* (under review). Own bias, other guilt: One’s own negative affect toward Black people shifts perceptions of officer danger versus officer racial prejudice in determining guilt of White officers who kill Black men. Target Journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Cooley, E., Mckee, S., Hayden, C. (under review) Wealthy Whites and poor Blacks: Implicit associations between racial groups and wealth predict explicit opposition toward helping the poor. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Mckee, S., Cooley, E., Lei, R., & Dotsch, R. (under review). “Breaking” the racial coding of welfare: investigating contextual and stereotypic influences on the mental representations of welfare recipients. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

For more information about recent works in progress please see my personal website.