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Research interests

Generally, my projects focus on improving racial attitudes and promoting pro-social motivation and behaviour through effects of human values, affective and cognitive orientations, and mental representations of children.

For instance, I have investigated how individual differences in affective and cognitive orientations are related to people’s stereotypes and prejudice towards various groups. This project showed that people with stronger affective orientations prefer stereotypically warm groups (e.g., the elderly) whereas people with stronger cognitive orientations prefer stereotypically competent groups (e.g., Asian people). I have also examined the role of people’s own values, their perceptions of immigrants’ values, and their perceptions of self-immigrant value similarity in shaping prejudice towards immigrants.

In my current role as a research associate at the University of Bath, I am examining the effects of mental representations of children on prejudice, and on pro-social motivation and behaviour. For instance, a first study has focused on the question "Do we treat out-group children with a similar racial bias as out-group adults or are children better protected from harsh judgments?"


Current projects

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Cardiff University

Award Date: 9 Oct 2015

Master of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010


  • Social Psychology
  • Child Salience - Effects of Children
  • Perceptions of children
  • Pro-Social Behaviour
  • Racial Prejudice
  • Reducing Prejudice
  • Human Values
  • Attitudes
  • Political engagement


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