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Gordon Hodson

Gordon Hodson

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My primary research interests examine intergroup processes related to prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. In particular, I am interested in: (a) subtle expressions of prejudice, such as aversive racism; (b) individual differences in prejudice, such as social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism; (c) resistance to immigrants and immigration; (d) perceived group threat; (e) intergroup emotions, such as (intergroup) disgust and anxiety; (e) outgroup dehumanization; and (f) the benefits of intergroup contact and cross-group friendship for prejudice reduction.

My research also addresses the contextual and personality factors involved in the attenuation of intergroup conflict, such as encouraging common ingroup categorization, perspective-taking, and empathy. I am testing the benefits of increasing positive intergroup contact and using intergroup friendships to reduce bias in a variety of settings, among other topics. More recently our research has begun to explore the importance of human-animal relations.

I have previously served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (JESP), and presently serve on the editorial boards of the European Review of Social Psychology (ERSP), the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP), and Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology (JTSP).

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Journal Articles:

  • 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.
  • Dhont, K., & Hodson, G. (2014). Does lower cognitive ability predict greater prejudice? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 454-459 . DOI: 10.1177/0963721414549750
  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., & Leite, A.C. (2016). Common ideological roots of speciesism and generalized ethnic prejudice: The social dominance human-animal relations model (SD-HARM). European Journal of Personality, 30, 507-522. DOI: 10.1002/per.2069
  • 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, 88-102.
  • Hodson, G. (2011). Do ideologically intolerant people benefit from intergroup contact? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 154-159.
  • Hodson, G. (2009). The puzzling person-situation schism in prejudice research. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 247-248.
  • Hodson, G. (2008). Interracial prison contact: The pros for (socially dominant) cons. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 325-351.
  • 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., 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.11.002
  • 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., & Costello, K. (2007). Interpersonal disgust, ideological orientations, and dehumanization as predictors of intergroup attitudes. Psychological Science, 18, 691-698.
  • Hodson, G., & Dhont, K. (2015). The person-based nature of prejudice: Individual difference predictors of intergroup negativity. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 1-42. DOI: 10.1080/10463283.2015.1070018
  • Hodson, G., Dovidio, J. F., & Gaertner, S. L. (2002). Processes in racial discrimination: Differential weighting of conflicting information. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 460-471.
  • 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 Psychology, 39, 509-525.
  • 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., 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., 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.
  • Hoffarth, M.R., Hodson, G., & Molnar, D.S. (in press). When and why is religious attendance associated with anti-gay bias and gay rights opposition? A Justification-Suppression Model approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • MacInnis, C.C., Page-Gould, E., & Hodson, G. (2017). Multilevel intergroup contact and anti-gay prejudice (explicit and implicit): Evidence of contextual contact benefits in a less visible group domain. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 243-251. DOI: 10.1177/1948550616671405

Gordon Hodson
Department of Psychology
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1

  • Phone: (905) 688-5550 x5127
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