Lee Jussim
(last updated, 9/14/15)

The Short Version
My current work addresses issues in scientific integrity/better practices, stereotypes&prejudice, expectancy effects, and political psychology.  These might seem completely different but, to me, they are not.  Political biases distort social psychology much like stereotypes and expectancies sometimes distort judgments.  Also, politics is a great arena for studying stereotypes because people are usually quite ready to tell you what they think about the "other" side (not always true with demographic groups).  Last, the politics of social psychologists seems to distort the conclusions the field routinely reaches about stereotypes and prejudice.  Got your attention?  Read on or check my publications page...


Scientific Integrity

Social psychology has been wracked over the last several years by a series of threats to
the scientific integrity of its conclusions:
1. Revelations of researchers making up data
2. Failures to replicate dramatic and influential experiments
3. Credible evidence that social psychology is tainted by political bias directed against both individuals and scientific results.
4. An epidemic of overclaiming regarding some of the most influential
and dramatic findings in social psychology.

See my blog:
Rabble Rouser
for short discussions of these issues.

Here are two working groups I helped found attempting to deal with these issues:
Best Practices in Science

See my publications page for recent papers on this issues.

I would like to believe that my 2012 book has also raised some social psychologists'
awareness of some of these issues:

Social Belief and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Published by Oxford University Press.
Go: Here for advanced comments, the table of contents, and the proofs of the introductory chapter.
This book received the Publishers Prose Award for best book in Psychology.

GO TO MY BIO PAGE (The second half describes this work).

A short preliminary report on how to dramatically reduce grandmother death resulting from exams

A short statement about intellectual imperialism within social psychology.

I am currently working on developing a Political Correctness scale -- to assess people's willingness
to lie in order to appear unprejudiced. It has been designed to catch people
in the act of lying to appear unprejudiced on anonymous questionnaires.  High scores should reflect
lying to appear unprejudiced; low scores should reflect honest responding.  

Examples of PC  questions:
I have never noticed a personís race when I first met them. (Denial of awareness of obvious group differences).
I am always friendly when I encounter a homeless person.  (Exaggerated liking of a member of a stigmatized group).

Stereotypes and Prejudice
The role of racial stereotypes in implicit and explicit person perception
Political/ideological bias and prejudice, both among laypeople and social scientists, including social psychologists
Stereotype (In?)Accuracy

Although I am sometimes lax about updating it, some of this work can be found at my
publication page.

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