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Andrew R. Todd

Andrew R. Todd

My current research spans several areas of investigation: (1) perspective taking and mental state inference; (2) automatic aspects of social perception, evaluation, and judgment; and (3) prejudice and intergroup relations.

In a primary line of research, I study perspective taking and its implications for negotiating socially diverse environments. More specifically, I explore (a) how psychological mindsets and situational factors influence people's ability to intuit others’ mental states (i.e., their knowledge, beliefs, and desires), and (b) how actively considering others' mental states (i.e., their thoughts, feelings, and other subjective experiences) affects the subtle biases that typically pervade intergroup encounters and information use during social inference more generally.

In another line of research, I study how automatic mental processes (often in conjunction with more deliberative ones) determine to whom people direct their attention, as well as how these processes constrain people's impressions of others. I'm particularly interested in how a greater understanding of these processes can inform important societal phenomena, such as intergroup bias and mental illness stigma.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Bean, M. G., Slaten, D. G., Horton, W. S., Murphy, M. C., Todd, A. R., & Richeson, J. A. (2012). Prejudice concerns and race-based attentional bias: New evidence from eyetracking. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 723-730.
  • Galinsky, A. D., Magee, J. C., Rus, D., Rothman, N. B., & Todd, A. R. (2014). Acceleration with steering: The synergistic benefits of combining power and perspective-taking. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 627-635.
  • Richeson, J. A., Todd, A. R., Trawalter, S., & Baird, A. A. (2008). Eye-gaze direction modulates race-related amygdala activity. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11, 233-246.
  • Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Todd, A. R., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2010). Implicit self-stigma in people with mental illness. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 150-153.
  • Rüsch, N., Todd, A. R., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Corrigan, P. W. (2010). Biogenetic models of psychopathology, implicit guilt, and mental illness stigma. Psychiatry Research, 179, 328-332.
  • Todd, A. R., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Galinsky, A. D. (2012). Perspective taking combats the denial of intergroup discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 738-745.
  • Todd, A. R., Bodenhausen, G. V., Richeson, J. A., & Galinsky, A. D. (2011). Perspective taking combats automatic expressions of racial bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 1027-1042.
  • Todd, A. R., & Burgmer, P. (2013). Perspective taking and automatic intergroup evaluation change: Testing an associative self-anchoring account. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 786-802.
  • Todd, A. R., Forstmann, M., Burgmer, P., Brooks, A. W., & Galinsky, A. D. (in press). Anxious and egocentric: How specific emotions influence perspective taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Todd, A. R., & Galinsky, A. D. (2014). Perspective-taking as a strategy for improving intergroup relations: Evidence, mechanisms, and qualifications. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 374-387.
  • Todd, A. R., & Galinsky, A. D. (2012). The reciprocal link between multiculturalism and perspective-taking: How ideological and self-regulatory approaches to managing diversity reinforce each other. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1394-1398.
  • Todd, A. R., Galinsky, A. D., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2012). Perspective taking undermines stereotype maintenance processes: Evidence from social memory, behavior explanation, and information solicitation. Social Cognition, 30, 94-108.
  • Todd, A. R., Hanko, K., Galinsky, A. D., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). When focusing on differences leads to similar perspectives. Psychological Science, 22, 134-141.
  • Todd, A. R., Molden, D. C., Ham, J., & Vonk, R. (2011). The automatic and co-occurring activation of multiple social inferences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 37-49.
  • Trawalter, S., Todd, A. R., Baird, A. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2008). Attending to threat: Race-based patterns of selective attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1322-1327.

Other Publications:

  • Bodenhausen, G. V., & Todd, A. R. (2010). Automatic aspects of judgment and decision making. In B. Gawronski & B. K. Payne (Eds.), Handbook of implicit social cognition: Measurement, theory, and applications (pp. 278-294). New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Bodenhausen, G. V., Todd, A. R., & Becker, A. P. (2007). Categorizing the social world: Affect, motivation, and self-regulation. In B. H. Ross & A. B. Markman (Eds.), Psychology of learning and motivation: Categories in use (Vol. 47, pp. 123-155). New York: Academic Press.
  • Bodenhausen, G. V., Todd, A. R., & Richeson, J. A. (2009). Controlling prejudice and stereotyping: Antecedents, mechanisms, and contexts. In T. D. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (pp. 111-135). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.

Andrew R. Todd
Department of Psychology
University of Iowa
Seashore Hall E11
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
United States

  • Phone: (319) 335-3659
  • Fax: (319) 335-0191

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