Associate Professor of Psychology
2-N-6 Green Hall
Professor Sinclair is interested in how participating in interpersonal interactions shapes individuals’ self-understanding and evaluations of others, with a focus on outcomes related to ethnic and gender stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. In one line of research she shows that individuals’ stereotype-relevant self-views are shaped by the apparent beliefs of others. Individuals will engage in self-stereotyping when they want to get along with someone who seems to think stereotypes of their group are true – even if doing so may have non-relational negative consequences. A second line of research shows that although people can not consciously control their level of implicit prejudice, this form of prejudice can shift as a function of fleeting interpersonal interactions. A final line of research examines the impact of contact with members of other ethnic groups, and one’s own ethnic group, on one’s degree of prejudice. Overall, her work suggests interpersonal interactions are a vehicle by which cultural phenomena (e.g., stereotypes, prejudice) become individual thought
Professor Sinclair received her PhD in Social Psychology from UCLA. She has received grants/fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Templeton Foundation.
Lun, J., Sinclair, S., Glenn, C. & Whitchurch, E. (2007). (Why) Do I think what you think: Epistemic social tuning and implicit prejudice, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 957-972, 151-157.
Sinclair, S., Hardin, C. & Lowery, B. (2006). Self-stereotyping in the context of multiple social identities, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 529-542 .
Sinclair, S., Huntsinger, J., Skorinko, J. & Hardin, C.D. (2005). Social tuning of the self: Consequences for the self-evaluations of stereotype targets, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 160 – 175.
Sinclair, S., Lowery. B., Hardin, C. & Colangelo, A. (2005). Social tuning of automatic attitudes: The role of affiliative motivation, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 583 – 592.
van Laar, C., Levin, & S., Sinclair, S., Sidanius, J. (2005). The effect of college roommate contact on ethnic attitudes and behavior, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 329 - 345.
Levin, S., Sinclair, S., Veniegas, R. & Taylor, P. (2002). Perceived discrimination in the context of multiple social identities. Psychological Science, 13, 557 – 560.