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Our research focuses on social psychological phenomena related to stereotyping and prejudice. We examine the ways in which race shapes thoughts, influences judgments, and impacts behavior. Currently, we are investigating how physical features that signal racial category membership influence downstream social cognitive processes like stereotyping and prejudice. We are also investigating different aspects of how individuals process human faces.

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Ma, D. S., Correll, J., & Wittenbrink, B. (2015). The Chicago Face Database: A Free Stimulus Set of Faces and Norming Data. Behavior Research Methods, 47, 1122-1135.PDF download
Please also visit: chicagofaces.org

Correll, J., Hudson, S. M., Guillermo, S. & Ma, D. S. (2014), The Police Officer's Dilemma: A Decade of Research on Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 201-213. PDF download

Ma, D. S. & Devos, T. (2013). Every Heart Beats True, for the Red, White, and Blue: National Identity Predicts Voter Support. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/asap.12025. PDF download

Ma, D. S., Correll, J., Wittenbrink, B., Bar-Anan, Y., Sriram., N., & Nosek, B. A. (2013). When fatigue turns deadly: The association between fatigue and racial bias in the decision to shoot. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 515-524. doi 10.1080/01973533.2013.840630. PDF download

Devos, T., & Ma, D.S. (2013). How 'American' is Barack Obama? The role of national identity in a historic bid for the White House. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 214-226. PDF download

Correll, J., Lemoine, C., & Ma, D. S. (2011). Hemispheric Asymmetry in Cross-Race Face Recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1162-1166. PDF download

Ma, D. S. & Correll, J. (2011). Target Prototypicality Moderates Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 391-396. PDF download

Twenge, Gentile, DeWall, Ma, Lacefield, & Schurtz (2010).pdf Twenge, J. M., Gentile, B., DeWall, C. N., Ma, D. S., Lacefield, K., & Schurtz, D. R. (2010). Birth cohort increases in psychopathology among young Americans, 1938-2007: A cross-temporal meta-analysis of the MMPI. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 145-154. PDF download

Devos, T., & Ma, D. S. (2008). Is Kate Winslet more American than Lucy Liu? The impact of construal processes on the implicit ascription of a national identity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 191-215. PDF download