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Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collins
Research Group Coordinator; Scientific Committee; Full Member

Investigator, Ciência 2008

Current research focus: communication of information depending on its complexity and stereotypicality, and the relationship between the communicators.

Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Kansas (2006)
M.A., Social Psychology, University of Kansas (2002)
A.B., Experimental Psychology, Smith College (1992)

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Research Interests

I am interested in how the presence of and communication between multiple active individuals within a social network influences person perception, decision making, social identity, stereotype use, and prejudice. When two people interact a situation becomes much more complex, my goal is to perform carefully controlled laboratory research distilling the influences on people’s behavior that these complex inputs.



Research Projects

1. Communication and stereotypes and prejudice: Whether stereotypic and counter-stereotypic communication varies depending on the relationship between communicators.

2012 Project Grant from Portuguese Science Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia). Principle Investigator & Team Leader. Grant #: PTDC/MHC-PSO/4447/2012. Title: “Sharing What Others Believe: Separating Information Complexity and Stereotypicality in Communication.”

Unfunded research projects:

1. The effect of ostracism (lack of communication) on expression of prejudice.
2. Situations in which threat can cause ingroup inclusion.
3. Embodiment of moral hypocrisy.
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