[Note: Professor Nalini Ambady died of leukemia October 28, 2013, after a lengthy worldwide campaign by family members, friends, and students to find a bone marrow donor; for details, please see her obituary in the Stanford Report. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Ambady's work.]
Nalini Ambady received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University and taught at Holy Cross College, Harvard University, where she was the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Science, and Tufts University, where she was the Neubauer Faculty Fellow and Professor, before moving to Stanford University in 2011. Her research interests include examining the accuracy of social, emotional, and perceptual judgments, how personal and social identities affect cognition and performance, dyadic interactions (especially those involving status differentiated dyads), and nonverbal communication. She is particularly interested in applying innovative and integrative methods to examine these phenomena from multiple perspectives ranging from the biological to the sociocultural.
In a pioneering study on stigma, Ambady reminded female Asian students about their gender or their ethnicity prior to taking a math test. There are prevailing social stereotypes that suggest women are not good at math and that Asians are good at math. Her study showed that subtly cuing students' gender or ethnic identities affects their performance. Those whose ethnic identity was cued performed better on the test than the students whose gender identity was cued.
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Strauman, T. J., Coe, C. L., McCrudden, M. C., Vieth, A. Z., & Kwapil, L. (2008). Individual differences in self-regulatory failure and menstrual dysfunction predict self-reported upper respiratory infection symptoms and antibody response to flu immunization. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 22, 769-780.
- Eddington, K. M., Dolcos, F., Cabeza, R., Krishnan, K. R. R., & Strauman, T. J. (2007). Neural correlates of promotion and prevention goal activation: An fMRI study using an idiographic approach. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1152-1162.
- Manian, N., Papadakis, A. A., Strauman, T. J., & Essex, M. J. (2006). The development of children's ideal and ought self-guides: The influence of parenting on individual differences in guide strength. Journal of Personality, 74, 1619-1645.
- Strauman, T. J., Vieth, A. Z., Merrill, K. A., Woods, T. E., Kolden, G. G., Woods, T. E., Klein, M. H., Papadakis, A. A., Schneider, K. L., & Kwapil, L. (2006). Self-system therapy as an intervention for self-regulatory dysfunction in depression: A randomized comparison with cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 367-376.
- Strauman, T. J., Coe, C. L., Woods, T., Schneider, K., & Kwapil, L. (2004). Self-regulatory cognition and immune reactivity: Idiographic success and failure feedback effects on the natural killer cell. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 18, 544-554.
- Strauman, T. J., & Merrill, K. A. (2004). The basic science/clinical science interface and treatment development. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 263-266.
- Strauman, T. J. (2002). Self-regulation and depression. Self and Identity, 1, 151-157.
- Strauman, T. J., Costanzo, P., Jones, N., McLean, A.., & Eddington, K. (2007). Contributions of social psychology to clinical psychology: Three views of a research frontier. In E. T. Higgins & A. Kruglanski (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles (2nd ed., pp. 850-868). NY: Guilford Press.
- Adult Psychopathology
- Experimental psychopathology
- Research Methods in Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
Timothy J. Strauman
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Durham, NC 27708
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