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Professor Susan Fiske FBA

Social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes & emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal & neuroscientific levels; reactions to social comparison, status, social class, gender, ethnicity, immigrants
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About this Fellow

Susan T. Fiske (Harvard University PhD; honorary doctorates: Universite catholique de Louvain-la-neuve, Universiteit Leiden, Universitet Basel) investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Author of over 300 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Sponsored by a Guggenheim, her 2011 Russell-Sage-Foundation book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. Her most recent book is The HUMAN Brand: How We Respond to People, Products, and Companies (with Chris Malone). With Shelley Taylor, she wrote four editions of a classic graduate text: Social Cognition, and on her own, three editions of an advanced undergraduate text, Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology. She has lately edited Social Neuroscience, Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom, the Handbook of Social Psychology, the Sage Handbook of Social Cognition, and Facing Social Class: How Societal Rank Influences Interaction. She currently edits for Annual Review of Psychology, PNAS, and Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Her graduate students arranged for her to win the University's Mentoring Award; international advisees arranged for her to win the Mentoring Award from the Association for Psychological Science.



Current post

  • Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University


Social cognition: From brains to culture 2013; 2/e


A model of (often mixed) stereotype content: Competence and warmth respectively follow from perceived status and competition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 878-902. 2002


Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination at the seam between the centuries: Evolution, culture, mind, and brain. European Journal of Social Psychology, 30, 299-322. 2000


Controlling other people: The impact of power on stereotyping. American Psychologist, 48, 621-628. 1993


Universal dimensions of social perception: Warmth and competence. Universal dimensions of Trends in Cognitive Science, 11, 77-83. 2007


The Ambivalent Sexism Inventory: Differentiating hostile and benevolent sexism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 491-512. 1996


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