intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotyping,
personality and individual differences
immigration and intergroup threat
intergroup contact, intergroup friendships, and emotions (e.g., disgust, anxiety, empathy)
primary research interests examine intergroup
processes related to prejudice, stereotyping,
and discrimination. This overall focus can
be broken down into several key areas of
investigation. First, how has contemporary
prejudice transformed itself from overt
and direct bias to more subtle and indicrect
forms? How can these subtle biases be detected
and combated among otherwise well-meaning
individuals? Second, to what extent do personality
constructs such as authoritarianism and
social dominance predict and shape the expression
of prejudice and discrimination? Third,
how does the perception of intergroup threat
posed by immigrants, refugees, and outgroups
generally exacerbate negative intergroup
outcomes? What social and personal factors
trigger intergroup anxiety, and what are
recently, my research addresses the contextual
and personality factors involved in the
attenuation of intergroup conflict, such
as encouraging common ingroup categorization
and identification. Specifically, I am testing
the benefits of increasing positive intergroup
contact and using intergroup friendships
to reduce bias in a variety of settings.
Costello, K. & Hodson, G. (in press). Lay perceptions of the causes of and solutions to dehumanization and prejudice: Do non-experts recognize the role of human-animal relations? Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Costello, K., & Hodson, G. (in press). Explaining dehumanization among children: The interspecies model of prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology.
MacInnis, C.C., & Hodson, G. (in press). Expecting racial outgroups to see "us" as biased: A social projection explanation of Whites' bias meta-stereotypes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
Choma, B.L., Hanoch, Y., Gummerum, M., & Hodson, G. (in press). Relations between risk perceptions and social-political ideology are domain- and ideology-dependent. Personality and Individual Differences.
MacInnis, C.C., & Hodson, G. (in press). Is homophobia associated with an implicit same-sex attraction? Journal of Sex Research.
Hodson, G., Choma, B.L., Boisvert, J., Hafer, C., MacInnis, C.C., & Costello, K. (2013). The role of intergroup disgust in predicting negative outgroup evaluations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 195-205 .
Hodson, G., & Hewstone, M. (Eds.) (2013). Advances in intergroup contact. London, UK: Psychology Press. Paperback: 978-1-84872-114-2; Hardback: 978-1-84872-054-1 http://www.psypress.com/books/details/9781848721142/.
Hodson, G., Costello, K., & MacInnis, C.C. (2013). Is intergroup contact beneficial among intolerant people? Exploring individual differences in the benefits of contact on attitudes. In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact (pp. 49-80). London, UK: Psychology Press.
Hodson, G., & Hewstone, M. (2013). Introduction: Advances in intergroup contact. In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact (pp. 3-20). London, UK: Psychology Press.
Hodson, G., Hewstone, M., & Swart, H. (2013). Advances in intergroup contact: Epilogue and future directions. In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact (pp. 262-305). London, UK: Psychology Press.
Hodson, G., & Costello, K. (2012). The human cost of devaluing animals. New Scientist, 2895, 34-35.
Hewstone, M., Swart, H., & Hodson, G. (2012). Of babies and bath-water, and rabbits and rabbit-holes: A plea for conflict-prevention, not conflict promotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 436-437. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12001239 .
MacInnis, C.C., & Hodson, G. (2012). Intergroup bias toward “Group X”: Evidence of prejudice, dehumanization, avoidance, and discrimination against asexuals. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 725-743. DOI: 10.1177/1368430212442419
MacInnis, C.C., & Hodson, G. (2012). “Where the rubber hits the road” en route to intergroup harmony: Examining contact intentions and contact behavior under meta-stereotype threat. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 363-373.
Bastian, B., Costello, K., Loughnan, S., & Hodson, G. (2012). When closing the human-animal divide expands moral concern: The importance of framing. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 421-429 .
Choma, B.L., Hodson, G., & Costello, K. (2012). Intergroup disgust sensitivity as a predictor of Islamophobia: The modulating effect of fear. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 499-506 .
Hodson, G., & Busseri, M.A. (2012). Bright minds and dark attitudes: Lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice through right-wing ideology and low intergroup contact. Psychological Science, 23, 187-195 .
Hodson, G. (2011). Do ideologically intolerant people benefit from intergroup contact? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 154-159.
Costello, K., & Hodson, G. (2011). Social dominance-based threat reactions to immigrants in need of assistance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 220-231.
Hodson, G., Rush, J., & MacInnis, C.C. (2010). A "joke is just a joke" (except when it isn't): Cavalier humor beliefs facilitate the expression of group dominance motives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 660-682.
Hodson, G., MacInnis, C.C., & Rush, J. (2010). Prejudice-relevant correlates of humor temperaments and humor styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 546-549.
Costello, K., & Hodson, G. (2010). Exploring the roots of dehumanization: The role of animal-human similarity in promoting immigrant humanization. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 3-22.
Hodson, G., Choma, B.L., & Costello, K. (2009). Experiencing Alien-Nation: Effects of a simulation intervention on attitudes toward homosexuals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 974-978.
Hodson, G., Harry, H., & Mitchell, A. (2009). Independent benefits of contact and friendship on attitudes toward homosexuals among authoritarians and highly identified heterosexuals. European Journal of Social Psychology35, 509-525.
Hodson, G. (2009). The puzzling person-situation schism in prejudice research. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 247-248.
Hodson, G., Hogg, S.M., & MacInnis, C.C. (2009). The role of "dark personalities" (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy), Big Five personality factors, and ideology in explaining prejudice. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 686-690 .
Hodson, G. (2008). Interracial prison contact: The pros for (socially dominant) cons. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 325-351.
Esses, V.M., Veenviet, S., Hodson, G., & Mihic, L. (2008). Justice, morality,, and the dehumanization of refugees. Social Justice Research, 21, 4-25.
Hodson, G., & Costello, K. (2007). Interpersonal disgust, ideological orientations, and dehumanization as predictors of intergroup attitudes. Psychological Science, 18, 691-698.
Hodson, G., Esses, V.M., & Dovidio, J.F. (2006). Perceptions of threat, national representation, and support for policies and procedures to protect the national group. In P.R. Kimmel & C.E. Stout (Eds.), Collateral damage: The psychological consequences of America's war on terrorism (pp. 109-129). Westport, CT, USA: Praeger Press.
Esses, V.M., & Hodson, G. (2006). The role of lay perceptions of ethnic prejudice in the maintenance and perpetuation of ethnic bias. Journal of Social Issues, 62, 453-468.
Hodson, G., Hooper, H., Dovidio, J.F.,
& Gaertner, S.L. (2005). Aversive
racism in Britain: Legal decisions and the
use of inadmissible evidence. European
Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 437-448 .
Hodson, G., & Olson, J.M. (2005). Testing
the generality of the name letter effect:
Name initials and everyday attitudes. Personality
and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31,
Esses, V.M., Jackson, L.M., Dovidio, J.F.,
& Hodson, G. (2005). Instrumental relations
among groups: Group competition, conflict,
and prejudice. In J.F. Dovidio, P. Glick,
& L.A. Rudman (Eds), On the nature
of prejudice: Fifty years after Allport
(pp. 227-243). Malden, MA, USA: Blackwell
Hodson, G., Dovidio, J.F., & Gaertner,
S.L. (2004). The aversive form of racism.
In J.L. Lau (Ed.), The psychology of
prejudice and discrimination (Vol 1.,
pp. 119-135). Westport, CT: Praeger Press.
Hodson, G., & Esses, V.M. (2005). Lay
perceptions of ethnic prejudice: Causes,
solutions, and individual differences. European
Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 329-344.
Hodson, G., Dovidio, J.F., & Esses,
V.M. (2003). Ingroup identification as a
moderator of positive-negative asymmetry
in social discrimination. European Journal
of Social Psychology, 33, 215-233.
Hodson, G., Dovidio, J.F., & Gaertner,
S.L. (2002). Processes in racial discrimination:
Differential weighting of conflicting information.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,
Hodson, G., & Esses, V.M. (2002). Distancing
oneself from negative attributes and the
personal/group discrimination discrepancy.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,
Dovidio, J.F., Gaertner, S.L., Kawakami,
K., & Hodson, G. (2002). Why can't we
just get along? Interpersonal biases and
interracial distrust. Cultural Diversity
and Ethnicity Minority Psychology, 8,
Hodson, G., & Sorrentino, R.M. (2001).
Just who favors the in-group? Personality
differences in reactions to uncertainty
in the minimal group paradigm. Group
Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice,