Catherine Cottrell

Associate Professor of Psychology - Gender Studies - Interdisciplinary Programs - Psychology - Quantitative Social Science - Social Sciences

Catherine Cottrell
  • Phone: (941) 487-4699
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  • Office Location: BON 009
  • Mail Location: SSC 102

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., Wake Forest University
B.S., The College of William & Mary

As a social psychologist, Professor Cottrell examines how the everyday thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the presence of others. Her current research focuses primarily on the diverse ways in which people think, feel, and act toward members of various social groups (whether based on gender, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other distinctions). In addition, she is involved with research on self-presentation, identity, and evolutionary psychology. She is also interested in statistics and research methodology.

Social Psychology
Stigma & Prejudice
Advanced Statistics
Laboratory in Social and Personality Psychology

Selected Publications
Cottrell, C. A., & Park, J. H. (forthcoming). Evolutionary perspectives on prejudice. In C. Stangor & C. Crandall (Eds.), Stereotyping and prejudice. New York: Psychology Press.

Webster, G. D., Cottrell, C. A., Schember, T. O., Crysel, L. C., Crosier, B. S., Gesselman, A. N., & Le., B. M. (2012). Two sides of the same coin? Viewing altruism and aggression through the adaptive lens of kinship. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 575-588.

Cottrell, C. A., Richards, D. A. R., & Nichols, A. L. (2010). Predicting policy attitudes from general prejudice versus specific intergroup emotions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 247-254.

Neuberg, S. L., & Cottrell, C. A. (2008). Managing the threats and opportunities afforded by human sociality. Groups Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12, 63-72.

Cottrell, C. A., & Albarracín, D. (2007). A Tribute to Allport: Surveying the Last Fifty Years of Research on Prejudice. [Review of the book On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years after Allport]. American Journal of Psychology, 120, 339-344.

Cottrell, C. A. (2007). Intergroup emotions. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cottrell, C. A., Neuberg, S. L., & Li, N. P. (2007). What do people desire in others? A sociofunctional perspective on the importance of different valued characteristics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 208-231.

Cottrell, C. A., & Neuberg, S. L. (2005). Different emotional reactions to different groups: A sociofunctional threat-based approach to ‘prejudice.’ Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 770-789.

Leary, M. R., Cottrell, C. A., & Phillips, M. (2001). Deconfounding the effects of dominance and social acceptance on self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 898-909.