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Luis M. Rivera

Luis M. Rivera

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My research focuses on the social cognitive processes that influence intergroup attitudes, the self, and behavior, with a special emphasis on those processes that lie outside of conscious awareness, intention, or control. Currently, my research program is guided by the following questions: What are the conditions under which the motivation to affirm one’s self-concept might have a paradoxical effect and exacerbate prejudice? Do stereotypes and prejudices remain confined to people’s minds, or do they manifest in behaviors that shape social inequalities, health disparities, and education performance? Finally, how do implicit and explicit processes work in concert to influence beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors?

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Dasgupta, N., & Rivera, L. M. (2006). From automatic sexual prejudice to behavior: The moderating role of traditional beliefs about gender, gender identity, and behavioral vigilance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91(2).

Luis M. Rivera
Department of Psychology
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey 07102
United States

  • Phone: (909) 537-5590
  • Fax: (909) 537-7003

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