I am interested in the role of the self in interpersonal relationships. Specifically, my research focuses on how the self guides people's perceptions of, attitudes toward, and interactions with relationship partners and stigmatized individuals. In conjunction with Professor Elizabeth Pinel, one avenue through which I am pursuing this topic is examining the role of I-sharing experiences (i.e. shared subjective experiences) in fostering positive attitudes toward stigmatized others (including members of a racial out-group and heavyweight women), friends, and romantic partners. In a related line of work, I am particularly interested in the stigma faced by heavyweight individuals in the United States and am investigating the ways in which one's personal attributes and endorsement of cultural ideology influence weight related attitudes and beliefs.
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