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Steven Spencer

Professor

Steven Spencer.

AB (Hope), AM, PhD (Michigan)

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Recipient, Excellence in Graduate Supervision 2008

Recipient, 2005 Outstanding Performance Award

Research interests

I do research on motivation and the self, particularly on how these factors affect stereotyping and prejudice. In examining motivation and the self, I have begun to examine how implicit processes that are outside of people's awareness affect people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In examining stereotyping and prejudice, I look at how threats to the self-concept can lead to stereotyping and prejudice, and how this stereotyping and prejudice affects subsequent feelings about the self. In the other research, I also examine how being a member of a stereotyped group affects people's self-concept and academic performance.

Selected publications

Book

  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Zanna, M. P., & Olson, J. (Eds.) (2002). Motivated Social Perception: The Ontario Symposium, Vol. 9. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Journal articles

  • Jordan, C., Spencer, S. J., Zanna, M. P., Hoshino-Browne, E., & Correll, J. (2003). Implicit self-esteem, explicit self-esteem and defensiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 969-978.
  • Kunda, Z., & Spencer, S. J. (2003). When do stereotypes come to mind and when do they color judgment? A goal-based theory of stereotype activation and application. Psychological Bulletin, 129, 522-544.
  • Davies, P. G., Spencer, S. J., Quinn, D. M., & Gerhardstein, R. (2002). All consuming images: How demeaning commercials that elicit stereotype threat can restrain women academically and professionally. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 1615-1628.
  • Kunda, Z., Davies, P. G., Adams, B., & Spencer, S. J. (2002). The dynamic time course of stereotype activation: Activation, dissipation, and resurrection. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 283-299.
  • Strahan, E., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M. P. (2002). Subliminal priming and persuasion: Striking while the iron is hot. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 556-568.
  • Blascovich, J., Spencer, S. J., Quinn, D. M., & Steele, C. M. (2001). Stereotype threat and the cardiovascular reactivity of African-Americans. Psychological Science, 12, 225-229.
  • McGregor, I., Zanna, M. P., Holmes, J. G., & Spencer, S. J. (2001). Conviction in the face of uncertainty: Going to extremes and being oneself. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 472-488.
  • Spencer, S. J., Steele, C. M., & Quinn, D. M. (1999). Stereotype threat and women’s math performance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 35, 4-28.
  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Wolfe, C., Fong, C., & Dunn, M (1998). Stereotype activation under cognitive load: The moderating role of self-image threat. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 1139-1152.
  • Fein, S., & Spencer, S. J. (1997). Prejudice as self-image maintenance: Affirming the self through negative evaluations of others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 31-44.

Other publications

  • Steele, C. M., Spencer, S. J., & Aronson, J. (2002). Contending with bias: The psychology of stereotype and social identity threat. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 34, pp. 277-341. San Diego: Academic Press.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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