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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 implicit biases, exploring how different identities intersect (e.g., race, gender, class), and examining how shifting American racial demographics (e.g., increases in the number of people who identify as Multiracial) affect the ways we think about race.

Published Manuscripts

*Indicates student author
**Indicates both authors contributed equally

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

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.

Cooley, E., Lei, R., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., & Ellerkamp, T.* (2018). Personal prejudice, other guilt: Negative affect toward Black people predicts guilty verdicts for White officers who kill Black men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167218796787.

Cooley, E., Lei, R. F., & Ellerkamp, T.* (2018). The mixed outcomes of taking ownership for implicit racial biases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167218769646.

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 Science, 9(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 hierarchy. Social 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.

Manuscripts Under Review or Revision

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Lei, R., & Cipolli, W. (revised and resubmitted). 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. Target Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Cooley, E.,
** Hester, N.,** Cipolli, W., Rivera, L., Abrams, K., Pagan, J., Sommers, S., & Payne, B.K. (under review). Racial biases in interactions with law enforcement are amplified for Black people stopped among groups. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Mckee, S., Cooley, E., & Lei, 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.

Cooley, E.
, Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Wu, S.,* Mckee, S., Ntakarutimana, C., & Agboh, D. (under review). The intra-group complexities of contact: Cross-race friendships can lead to evaluations of being inauthentic among one’s own racial group. Target Journal: Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Cooley, E.,
Zhang, A.,* Cipolli, W. (under review). Preference or prejudice? Overt racial biases in online dating. Target Journal: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Manuscripts In Preparation

Cooley, E., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Lei, R., Munro, K.,* Powell, M.* (in preparation). Flexible racial identification among Biracial people leads to inferences that they strategically “play the race card.” Target Journal: Psychological Science.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Cooley, E., Marshburn, C. (in preparation). Rhetoric that describes welfare recipients as hard-working reduces racial biases in opposition to welfare. Target Journal: Psychological Science.

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

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