Racial Diversity

The racial landscape in North America is drastically changing: Racial diversity is increasing in many Western countries. While most of the previous theorizing and research has assumed a homogeneous society with low levels of diversity, my research examines the impact of diversity on social cognitive processes related to racial attitudes, behaviors, and categorization.

Publications:

Meyers, C., Aumer, K., Schoniwitz, A., Janicki, C., Pauker, K., Chang, E. C., Gaither, S. E., & Williams, A. (2020). Experiences with microaggressions and discrimination in racially diverse and homogeneously white contexts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(2), 250–259. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000293 (PDF)

Pauker, K., Carpinella, C., Meyers, C., Young, D., & Sanchez, D. (2017). The role of diversity exposure in Whites’ reduction in race essentialism over time. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 9(8), 944–952. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550617731496 (PDF)

Race-related Norms

A wealth of research demonstrates that social norms are critical in determining behavior. In my second line of research, I examine how features of a context (like racial diversity) drive race-related norms and behaviors. Understanding the factors that influence race-related norms provides a unique opportunity to predict and even change behavior.

Publications:

Meyers, C., Leon, A., & Williams, A. (2020). Aggressive confrontation shapes perceptions and attitudes toward racist content online. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23(6), 845-862. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220935974 (PDF)

Social Perception

In my third line of work, I investigate social perception processes of multiracial individuals as both the target and perceiver. By examining multiracial, one of the fastest growing populations across North America, I can examine the malleable nature of racial categorization. 

Publications:

Garay, M., Meyers, C., Remedios, J. & Pauker, K. (2019). Looking like vs. acting like your race: Social activism shapes perception of multiracial individuals. Self and Identity. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2019.1659848 (PDF)

Pauker, K., Meyers, C., Sanchez, D. T., Gaither, S. E., & Young, D. M. (2018). A review of Multiracial malleability: Identity, categorization, and shifting racial attitudes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12392 (PDF)

Other areas of interest

I also conduct research on other related areas on the topic of bias, essentialism, and racial discourse online.

Publications:

Wilton, L., Bell, A., Young, D., Carpinella, C., Meyers, C., & Clapham, R. (2018). Lay theories of gender influence support for Women and Transgender people’s legal rights. Social Psychology and Personality Science. 10(7), 883–894. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618803608 (PDF)

Williams, A., Oliver, C., Aumer, K., & Meyers, C. (2016). Racial microaggressions and perceptions of internet memes. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 424-432.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.067 (PDF)