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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Richeson, Jennifer
Location Yale University
Primary Field Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Secondary Field Social and Political Sciences
 Election Citation
Richeson uses a wide range of innovative cognitive, social, and social neuroscience methods to explore interracial contact, including consequences for executive-function resource depletion, pluralistic ignorance, and paradoxical expectations. Her work analyzes prejudice from the perspectives of different socio-cultural groups, both those potentially stigmatized and those potentially discriminating.
 Research Interests
Professor Richeson's research examines psychological phenomena related to cultural diversity. Her work generally considers the ways in which sociocultural group memberships such as race, gender, and socio-economic status shape the way people think, feel, and behave, especially during interactions with members of different sociocultural groups. Specifically, she and her students examine antecedents and consequences of prejudice and stereotyping from the perspectives of both members of culturally devalued, stigmatized groups, as well as members of traditionally dominant societal groups. One primary focus of her lab is on the dynamics of interracial contact. This line of work has revealed the roles of concerns about appearing prejudiced (for racial majority individuals) and concerns about being the target of prejudice (for racial minority individuals) in shaping cognitive, affective, and behavioral dynamics of these interactions. Richeson has also found that these prejudice concerns also shape basic processes of mind and brain, including the allocation of attention and memory, as well as decision-making. Ultimately, Richeson's goal in developing these research streams is to contribute to the eradication of bigotry by gaining a better understanding of intergroup conflict and how best to realize the promise of culturally diverse environments.

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