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Vincent Yzerbyt

Vincent Yzerbyt

My research is mainly concerned with social cognition, attribution, stereotyping, and intergroup relations.

After my early work on the Black Sheep effect and the Ingroup Overexclusion effect, I mainly developed an interest in stereotyping and more specifically in the formation and preservation of stereotypes as well as their suppression. The basic idea is that people rely on stereotypes not only for cognitive reasons (they face limited resources) but also for motivational reasons (their stereotypes serve their own as well as their group's image) and social reasons (they believe their stereotypes are shared by their group members). For many years, I studied group perception by examining aspects of homogeneity, entitativity, and essentialism.

Together with several colleagues, I also conduct research on social and group-based emotions. Specifically, we investigate whether, how, and why people experience emotions not because of events that occur to them personally, but because of events that affect members of groups to which they belong. More recently, I turned to the issue of fundamental dimensions of social perception in the context of what I call the compensation pattern of stereotypes: people who are perceived to be competent also tend to be perceived as not so warm and conversely. Another interest of mine is statistics and methods. The research conducted so far focuses on the use of ANCOVA in personality and social research and issues of moderated mediation and mediated moderation.

I have been serving as an associate editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology (1994-1998), of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (1998-2000), and of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (2005-2008). I am currently the Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science (2009-2012). I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology, first as its treasurer (1999-2002) and then as its president (2002-2005). In light of my scientific contribution, I was awarded the 2007 Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the 2008 Kurt Lewin Award from the European Association of Social Psychology. I am also a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (2008) and of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2011).

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Attitude Change
  • Data Analysis in Psychology
  • Group Processes and Organizational Behavior
  • Introductory Social Psychology
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Prediction in Psychology: The General Linear Model
  • Research Methods and Attitude Measurement
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Cognition and Intergroup Relations
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Vincent Yzerbyt
Psychologie Sociale et des Organisations
Université catholique de Louvain
10, place du Cardinal Mercier
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

  • Phone: 32 (0)10 47 43 76
  • Fax: 32 (0)10 47 37 74

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