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.
Although I am continuing to study the role of confrontations in prejudice reduction, I have also begun to 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?
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Social Cognition
- Wellman, J. A., Czopp., A. M., & Geers, A. L. (2009). The egalitarian optimist and the confrontation of prejudice. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 389-395.
- Rasinski, H.M., Geers, A.L., & Czopp, A.M. (2013). “I guess what he said wasn’t that bad:” Dissonance in non-confronting targets of prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 859-869.
- Rasinski, H. M., & Czopp, A. M. (2010). The effect of target status on witnesses’ reactions to confrontations of bias. Basic & Applied Social Psychology, 32, 8-16.
- Diebels, K.J., & Czopp, A.M. (2011). Complaining about a compliment?: Evaluating attributions of positive outcomes to discrimination. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 14, 217-223.
- Walzer, A.S., & Czopp, A.M. (2014). Mother knows best so mother fails most: Evaluations of parenting mistakes. Current Research in Social Psychology.
- Czopp, A.M., Kay, A.C., Cheryan, S. (2015). Positive stereotypes are pervasive and powerful. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 451-463.
- Czopp, A.M. (2013). The passive activist: Negative consequences of failing to confront anti- environmental statements. Ecopsychology, 5, 17-23.
- Czopp, A. M., Monteith, M. J., & Mark, A. Y. (2006). Standing up for a change: Reducing bias through interpersonal confrontation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 784-803.
- Czopp, A. M., & Monteith, M. J. (2003). Confronting prejudice (literally): Reactions to confrontations of racial and gender bias. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 532-544.
- Czopp, A. M., & Monteith, M. J. (2006). Thinking well of African Americans: Measuring complimentary stereotypes and negative prejudice. Basic & Applied Social Psychology, 28, 233-250.
- Czopp, A. M. (2008). When is a compliment not a compliment? Evaluating expressions of positive stereotypes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 413-420.
- Czopp, A. M. (2010). Studying is lame when he got game: Racial stereotypes and the discouragement of Black student-athletes from schoolwork. Social Psychology of Education, 13, 485-498.
- 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.
- Experimental Approaches to Research Methods & Statistics
- Introduction to Psychology
- Seminar in Psychological Theory
- Social Psychology
- Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
- The Psychology of Food
Alexander M. Czopp
Department of Psychology
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
- Phone: (360) 650-3573
- Fax: (360) 650-7305