Jeff Sherman

  • Professor, Psychology
  • Investigates the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior
  • How people acquire stereotypes and prejudice
  • How stereotypes and prejudice affect our perceptions and memories of other people, the extent to which these biases are efficient or even automatic
  • How people may or may not control unwanted stereotypes and prejudices
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Dr. Sherman is a Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His research investigates the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior. In particular, he is interested in how stereotypes and prejudice affect how people perceive themselves, other people, and groups of people. He has authored more than 90 scientific publications on these topics. Dr. Sherman is Editor of the journal Social Cognition. He is the 2019 President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the past-President of the International Social Cognition Network, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He won the Theoretical Innovation Prize presented by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and is a recipient of the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His research on stereotyping and prejudice has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

2016 First Place, Qualtrics Research Grant competition
2014 Invited Keynote Address, International Social Cognition Network Annual Meeting
2013 Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German
Federal Ministry of Education
“for researchers from abroad from the fields of the humanities and social sciences whose scientific
achievements have been internationally recognised in their research area”
2010 Human Relations Paper of the Year Award
2010 UC Davis Social Sciences Dean’s Research Innovation Award
2010 Elected Fellow, Western Psychological Association
2010 Elected Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2009 Best Paper Award, International Social Cognition Network
2007 Elected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
2007 Invited Keynote Address, German Social Psychological Society Biannual Meeting
2005 Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2004 Invited Keynote Address, European Social Cognition Network Annual Meeting
2000 Elected Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology
2000 Elected to membership in the Psychonomic Society
1999 Elected to membership, European Association of Social Psychology
1994 APA Dissertation Research Award
1994 Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, UC, Santa Barbara
1990-1993 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
1989 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
1989 Summa Cum Laude, University of California, Berkeley

PSC 151: Social Psychology
PSC 157: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Stigma
PSC 206A: Theoretical Foundations: Research Methods in Psychology (4): This course is offered every 3rd year.
PSC 243: Social Cognition
PSC 244: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Stigma

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