Dr. Jared B. Kenworthy, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Graduate Student Colleagues: Lauren Coursey, Nicole Sharp, Tamer Desouky, Ryan Phillips
Group memberships constitute vital, central aspects of our self-concepts and personal identities. On one hand, social groups contribute to our well-being, and they influence many of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in positive and socially beneficial ways. On the other hand, group memberships form the basis of some negative social behaviors as well. Group identity contributes to various forms of intergroup bias, including prejudices such as racism, sexism, and religious bigotry and intolerance. Our research seeks to understand the cognitive and affective processes underlying both the positive and negative consequences of membership in important social groups. One important goal of such research is to contribute to the development of scientifically-based social interventions that improve intergroup relations.
Some Relevant Publications
Kenworthy, J. B., & Miller, N. (2001). Perceptual asymmetry in consensus estimates of majority and minority members. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 597-612.
Kenworthy, J. B., & Miller, N. (2002). Attributional biases about the origins of attitudes: Externality, emotionality, and rationality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 693-707.
Kenworthy, J. B. (2003). Explaining the belief in God for self, in-group, and out-group targets. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42, 137-146.
Kenworthy, J. B., Canales, C. J., Weaver, K. D., & Miller, N. (2003). Negative incidental affect and mood congruency in crossed categorization. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 195-219.
Ensari, N., Kenworthy, J. B., Urban, L. M., Canales, C. J., Vasquez, E., Kim, D., & Miller, N. (2004). Negative affect and political sensitivity in crossed categorization: Self‑reports versus EMG. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 7, 55-75.
Kenworthy, J. B., Turner, R. N., Hewstone, M., & Voci, A. (2005). Intergroup contact: When does it work, and why? In J. Dovidio, P. Glick, and L. Rudman (Eds.), On the nature of prejudice: 50 years after Allport (pp. 278-292). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Tausch, N., Kenworthy, J. B., & Hewstone, M. (2005). Conflict resolution and prevention: The role of intergroup contact. In M. Fitzduff and C. E. Stout (Eds.), The psychology of resolving global conflicts: From war to peace, Vol. 2 (pp. 67-107). Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.
Cairns, E., Kenworthy, J. B., Campbell, A., & Hewstone, M. (2006). The role of in-group identification, religious group membership, and intergroup conflict in moderating in-group and out-group affect. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 701-716.
Miller, N., Kenworthy, J. B., Canales, C. J., & Stenstrom, D. M. (2006). Explaining the effects of crossed categorization on ethnocentric bias. In R. J. Crisp and M. Hewstone (Eds.), Multiple social categorization: Processes, models, and applications (pp. 160-188). Hove, E. Sussex, UK: Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis).
Tausch, N., Kenworthy, J. B., & Hewstone, M. (2007). The confirmability and disconfirmability of trait concepts revisited: Does content matter? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 542-556.
Tausch, N., Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J. B., & Cairns, E. (2007). Individual-level and group-level mediators of contact effects in Northern Ireland: The moderating role of social identification. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 541-556.
Prestwich, A., Kenworthy, J. B., Wilson, M., & Kwan-Tat, N. (2008). Differential effects of contact on implicit and explicit racial attitudes. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 575-588.
Kenworthy, J. B., Hewstone, M., Levine, J. M., Martin, R., & Willis, H. (2008). The phenomenology of minority-majority status: Effects on innovation in argument generation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 624-636.
Kenworthy, J. B., & Tausch, N. (2008). Expectations about the accuracy and stability of warmth versus competence traits: An intergroup analysis. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 1121-1129.
Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J. B., Cairns, E., Tausch, N., Hughes, J., Tam, T., Voci, A., von Hecker, U., & Pinder, C. (2008). Stepping stones to reconciliation in Northern Ireland: Intergroup contact, forgiveness, and trust. In A. Nadler, T. E. Malloy, and J.D. Fisher (Eds.), Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation (pp. 199-226). New York: Oxford University Press.
Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J. B., Cairns, E. (2009). Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 45-59.
Kenworthy, J. B., & Jones, J. R. (2009). The roles of group importance and anxiety in predicting depersonalized ingroup trust. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 227-239.
Popan, J. R., Kenworthy, J. B., Frame, M. C., Lyons, P. A., & Snuggs, S. J. (2010). Political groups in contact: The role of attributions for outgroup attitudes in reducing antipathy. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 86-104.
Popan, J. R., Kenworthy, J. B., Holovics, M. A., & Griffiths, J. F. (2010). Intergroup attribution bias in explanations for obesity. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 13, 319-328.
Lyons, P. A., Kenworthy, J. B., & Popan, J. R. (2010). Ingroup identification and group-level narcissism as predictors of U.S. citizens’ attitudes and behavior toward Arab immigrants. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1267-1280.
Tausch, N., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J. B., Psaltis, C., Schmid, K., Popan, J. R., Cairns, E., & Hughes, J. (2010). ‘Secondary transfer’ effects of intergroup contact: Alternative accounts and underlying processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 282-302.
Kenworthy, J. B., Barden, M. A., Diamond, S., & del Carmen, A. (2011). Ingroup identification as a moderator of racial bias in a shoot–no shoot decision task. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 14(3), 311-318. doi:10.1177/1368430210392932
Kenworthy, J. B., Miller, N., Collins, B. E., Read, S. J., & Earleywine, M. (2011). A trans-paradigm theoretical synthesis of cognitive dissonance theory: Illuminating the nature of discomfort. European Review of Social Psychology, 22, 36-113.