I am a social and developmental psychologist interested in the developmental origins of social cognitive processes. A major focus of my work has been the development of implicit social attitudes and stereotypes. This research has suggested that implicit preferences for the ingroup do not have to be learned; rather, they may emerge directly from the process of intergroup categorization.
I have also worked on developmental psycholinguistics, exploring the conditions under which linguistic differences entail cognitive differences. For further details on my work, please visit:
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Dunham, Y., Baron, A. S., & Banaji, M. R. (2008). The development of implicit intergroup cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(7), 248-253.
- Dunham, Y., Baron, A. S., & Banaji, M. R. (2007). Children and social groups: A developmental analysis of implicit consistency in Hispanic Americans. Self and Identity, 6, 238-255.
- Dunham, Y., Baron, A. S., & Banaji, M. R. (2006). From American city to Japanese village: A cross-cultural investigation of implicit race attitudes. Child Development, 77(5), 1268-1281.
- Dunham, Y., & Olson, K. R. (2008). The importance of origins: Why cognitive development is central to a mature understanding of social cognition. The Open Psychology Journal, 1, 59-65.
- Li, P., Dunham, Y., & Carey, S. (2009). Of substance: The nature of language effects on entity construal. Cognitive Psychology, 58(5), 487-524.
- Olson, K. R., Dunham, Y., Banaji, M. R., Spelke, E. S., & Dweck, C. S. (2008). Judgments of the lucky across development and culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(5), 757-776.
- Banaji, M. R., Baron, A., Dunham, Y., & Olson, K. R. (2007). The development of intergroup social cognition: Early emergence, implicit nature, and sensitivity to group status. In M. Killen and S. R. Levy (Eds.), Intergroup Attitudes and Relations in Childhood Through Adulthood. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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