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Elena Stepanova

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-1513
Office: WH 215

My broad areas of interest are (1) social cognition, specifically (a) conceptualization of social categories and (b) effects of alcohol on social judgments, and (2) cross-cultural research, particularly explicit and implicit ethnic attitudes.

In the conceptualization of social categories line of research, I explore the effects of within-group variability on person perception, implicit and explicit ethnic prejudice and stereotyping, and perceptions of attractiveness. Recently, I started investigating the link between alcohol-related cues and racial biases; this research is supported by ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research (2011-2013). Please see

In my cross-cultural line of research, I address these effects internationally, examining the moderating role of socio-cultural context. Many of my research projects address applied issues as well (e.g., reduction of prejudice).


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