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Erin Cooley

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., 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). Using friendship groups to infer how people self-identify racially. Social 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 racial undertones of welfare attitudes: investigating 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., & Phillips, J. K.* (2014). Implicit bias and the illusion of conscious ill will. Social Psychological and Personality Science5, 500-507.

Cooley, E., Payne, B.K., Loersch, C., & Lei, R. (2014). Who owns implicit attitudes? Testing a meta-cognitive perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(1), 103-115. 

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., Lei, R, & Ellerkamp, T.* (revision invited). The mixed outcomes of owning implicit bias: Taking ownership for implicit racial biases can reduce, or increase, overt prejudice and discrimination. Target Journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Cooley, E., & Payne, B.K. (revised and resubmitted). The danger of groups: groups (versus individuals) accentuate the activation of category stereotypes and are used as justification for overt bias. Target Journal: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Boudreau, C.* (under review). Awareness of shifting racial demographics leads to greater monitoring of cash assistance programs, but only when those programs are described as primarily benefiting Black people. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

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.