I am a PhD-candidate at the department of Social Psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. My research focuses on first impressions, more specifically on the impressions that people form if they do not have the intention to form an impression of someone (Spontaneous Trait Inferences, or STIs). Because such spontaneous trait inferences can be formed relatively effortlessly, and sometimes without awareness, we wonder if biased STIs may underlie prejudiced responses to counterstereotypical behavior (backlash). In our research, we study if the stereotypes people have about men and women bias the inferences they spontaneously form of certain counterstereotypical behaviors (e.g., do people form stronger inferences of a man's weak behavior compared to a woman's weak behavior?).
to conventional STI-measures, we are using pictorial measures such as the Reverse
Correlation Task and a new Draw-a-Face-Task, so that we can get a glimpse of
the mental image people form of others. For this research, I work together with
my graduate advisorsDaniël Wigboldus (Radboud University Nijmegen, The
Netherlands),Oliver Langner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany) andLaurie
Rudman (Rutgers University, US).