My research focuses on automatic processes in intergroup relations, especially intergroup prejudice. I am currently conducting several research projects on the development of intergroup prejudice in children and adolescents, trying to understand the antecedents of prejudice automatization.
Recently, I have been working on a meta-analysis on parents’ influences on their children's intergroup prejudice trying to understand whether "the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree." My current research focuses on spontaneous intergroup categorizations in middle childhood.
I am also actively involved in methodologically oriented research, exploring whether and how automatic processes in intergroup relations can be validly measured. In this line of research, I focus mainly on affective priming procedures and related measures. For example, I have conducted basic experiments on the susceptibility of affective priming measures to voluntary control and faking attempts.
Additionally, I am researching automatic processes related to emotions. I am interested in finding out if and to what degree of specificity facial expressions can be detected without conscious awareness. In a related line of work I explore the underlying processes of language emotionality in bilinguals. In this stream of research, explanations are sought for why proficient bilinguals often have the subjective impression of impaired emotionality of their second language even if they understand and use the language to a comparable degree as their native language.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Social Cognition
- Degner, J., & Dallege, J. (in press). The apple does not fall far from the tree, or does it? Parent-child similarity in intergroup attitudes. Psychological Bulletin.
- Degner, J. (2009). On the (un)controllability of affective priming: Strategic manipulation is feasible but can possibly be prevented. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 327-354.
- Degner, J., Doycheva, C., & Wentura, D. (2012). It matters how much you talk: On the automaticity of affective connotations of first and second language words. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15, 181-189.
- Degner, J., & Wentura, D. (2011). Types of automatically activated prejudice: Assessing possessor- versus other-relevant valence in the evaluative priming task. Social Cognition, 29, 183-211.
- Degner, J., & Wentura, D. (2010). Automatic prejudice in childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 356-374.
- Degner, J., & Wentura, D. (2009). Not everybody likes the thin and despises the fat: Own weight matters in the automatic activation of weight-related social evaluations. Social Cognition, 27, 202-220.
- Degner, J., Wentura, D., Gniewosz, B., & Noack, P. (2007). Hostility-related prejudice against Turks in adolescents: Masked affective priming allows for a differentiation of automatic prejudice. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 29, 245-256.
- Dunham, Y., & Degner, J. (2010). Origins of intergroup bias: Developmental and social cognitive research on intergroup attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 563-568.
- Opitz, B., & Degner, J., (2012). Emotionality in a second language: It's a matter of time. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1961-1967.
- Rohr, M., Degner, J., & Wentura, D. (2012). Masked emotional priming beyond global valence activation. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 224-244.
- Wentura, D., & Degner, J. (2010). Automatic evaluation isn’t that crude! Moderation of masked affective priming by type of valence. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 609-628.
School of Education, Psychology and Human Movement
University of Hamburg
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