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Steven Fein

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Professor Fein's primary research interests include: (1) suspicion and attributional processes (including issues such as the correspondence bias; cross-cultural issues; jury decision making); (2) stereotypes and prejudice (including issues such as self-image maintenance processes; the interactions of motivational, cognitive, and sociocultural factors); and (3) media influences on women's self-image and performance and on men's attitudes and behaviors toward women. Other interests include social influence and perceptions of political candidates, and self-affirmation.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Ben-Zeev, T., Fein, S., & Inzlicht, M. (2005). Arousal and stereotype threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 174-181.
  • Fein, S. (1996). Effects of suspicion on attributional thinking and the correspondence bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1164-1184.
  • Fein, S., Lomore, C., & Spencer, S. J. (2001). Maintaining one's self-image vis-à-vis others: The role of self-affirmation in the social evaluation of the self. Motivation and Emotion, 25, 41-68.
  • Fein, S., McCloskey, A. L., & Tomlinson, T. M. (1997). Can the jury disregard that information? The use of suspicion to reduce the prejudicial effects of pretrial publicity and inadmissible testimony. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1215-1226.
  • Fein, S., Morgan, S. J., Norton, M. I., & Sommers, S. R. (1997). Hype and suspicion: Effects of pretrial publicity, race, and suspicion on jurors' verdicts. Journal of Social Issues, 53, 487-502.
  • Fein, S., & Spencer, S. J. (1997). Prejudice as self-image maintenance: Affirming the self through derogating others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 31-44.
  • Fein, S., von Hippel, W. H., & Spencer, S. J. (1999). To stereotype or not to stereotype: Motivation and stereotype activation, application, and inhibition. Psychological Inquiry, 10, 49-54.
  • Lord, C. G., Desforges, D. M., Fein, S., Pugh, M. A., & Lepper, M. R. (1994). Typicality effects in attitudes toward social policies: A concept mapping approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 658-673.
  • Spencer, S. J., Fein, S., Wolfe, C. T., Fong, C., & Dunn, M. A. (1998). Automatic activation of stereotypes: The role of self-image threat. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 1139-1152.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Research in Social Psychology
  • Experimentation and Statistics
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

Steven Fein
Department of Psychology
Bronfman Science Center, Room 376
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267
United States

  • Phone: (413) 597-2445
  • Fax: (413) 597-2085

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