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Alex Czopp

Alex Czopp

  • SPN Mentor

My primary research interests are within the area of stereotyping and prejudice. One line of research has examined the various ways in which people can curb their own and other people's tendencies for prejudicial responding. I have conducted several studies aimed at understanding how both intrapersonal and interpersonal processes can lead to decreased prejudice. For example, I have examined various aspects of how confronting another person's prejudice, despite initial negative reactions, may nonetheless lead to decreased prejudiced responding in others.

I also examine how "positive" stereotypes may have negative implications. For example, African Americans are often considered to posses superior athletic ability, Asians are expected to excel academically, and gay men are perceived as having a keen sense of style and fashion. Although such beliefs may be considered by many (including both targets and perceivers) as complimentary, how might such favorable stereotypes and attitudes have negative implications for intergroup relations and the perpetuation of prejudice?

Finally, and most recently, I am beginning to examine how cultural humility may play an important role in establishing, maintaining, and enhancing interracial interactions.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Czopp, A.M., & Ashburn-Nardo, L.A. (2012). Interpersonal confrontations of prejudice. In .W Russell & C.A. Russell (Eds.) Psychology of prejudice: Contemporary issues (pp. 175 – 201). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Approaches to Research Methods & Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Seminar in Psychological Theory
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
  • The Psychology of Food

Alex Czopp
Department of Psychology
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
United States

  • Phone: (360) 650-3573
  • Fax: (360) 650-7305

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