My research focuses on the diverse processes underlying evaluative judgments, ranging from the least thoughtful automatic processes to the most thoughtful meta-cognitive processes.
A second line of work focuses on processes and biases that result from placing the self and others into social categories. Much of my research integrates these two interests.
Current projects in the lab include investigating the impact of activating negative stereotypes after a poor academic performance, meta-cognitive processes in attitude accessibility and attitude certainty, and ingroup bias in judging the hypocrisy of others.
My research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Foundation. I also hold a training grant through a collaborative partnership with ETS and serve as Associate Editor at Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
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- Barden, J., Maddux, W. W., Petty, R. E., & Brewer, M. B. (2004). Contextual moderation of racial bias: The impact of social roles on controlled and automatically activated attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 5-22.
- Barden, J., & Petty, R. E. (2008). The mere perception of elaboration creates attitude certainty: Exploring the thoughtfulness heuristic. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 489-509.
- Barden, J., Rucker, D. D., & Petty, R. E. (2005). "Saying one thing and doing another": Examining the impact of event order on hypocrisy judgments of others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1463-1474.
- Barden, J., Rucker, D. D., Petty, R. E., & Morrison, K. R. (in press). Order of actions mitigates hypocrisy judgments for ingroup more than outgroup members. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
- Barden, J., & Tormala, Z. L. (2013). Elaboration and Attitude Strength: The New Meta-cognitive Perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
- Briñol, P., Petty, R. E., & Barden, J. (2007). Happiness versus sadness as a determinant of thought-confidence in persuasion: A self-validation analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 711-737.
- Maddux, W. W., Barden, J., Brewer, M. B., & Petty, R. E. (2005). Saying no to negativity: The effects of context and motivation to control prejudice on automatic evaluative responses. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 19-35.
- Attitudes and Persuasion Seminar (Graduate)
- Attitudes and Social Cognition (Graduate)
- Experimental Psychology (Undergraduate)
- General Social Psychology (Undergraduate)
- Group Dynamics (Graduate)
- Intergroup Dynamics and Race Relations (Graduate)
Department of Psychology, Howard University
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