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Lucy Johnston

Lucy Johnston

My ongoing research focuses on three areas:

(1) Stereotypes, especially stereotype change. Current research is considering the impact of prejudice level on stereotype change and the role of attributions in stereotype change, especially attributions for stereotypic behavior.

(2) Social perception, especially the kinematic specification of dynamics (KSD) within social interactions. Research in our laboratory is looking at the kinematic specification of perceived vulnerability to physical attack and at the kinematic specification of deception.

(3) Social psychology applied to sport. Research in our laboratory is considering the execution and "reading" of faked passes and changes of direction; social loafing in team sports; media differences in the portrayal of male and female athletes.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Harvie, K., Marshall-McCaskey, J., & Johnston, L. (1998). Sex-based biases in occupational hiring decisions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1700-1713.
  • Johnston, L. (1996). Resisting change: Information seeking and stereotype change. European Journal of Social Psychology, 26, 799-826.
  • Johnston, L., Bristow, M., & Love, N. (2000). An investigation of the link between attributional judgments and stereotype-based judgments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 30, 551-568.
  • Johnston, L., Bulik, C. M., & Anstiss, V. (1999). Suppressing thoughts about chocolate. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 26, 21-27.
  • Johnston, L., & Coolen, P. (1995). A dual processing approach to stereotype change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 21, 660-675.
  • Johnston, L., Hudson, S. M., & Ward, T. (1997). The suppression of sexual thoughts by child molesters: A preliminary investigation. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 34, 303-319.
  • Johnston, L., Locke, V., Giles, L., & Rattray, K. (1997). Stereotypes: The good, the bad and the ugly. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27, 725-741.
  • Johnston, L., & Macrae, C. N. (1994). Changing social stereotypes: The case of the information seeker. European Journal of Social Psychology, 24, 581-592.
  • Johnston, L., Ward, T., & Hudson, S. M. (1997). Deviant sexual thoughts: Mental control and the treatment of sexual offenders. Journal of Sex Research, 34, 121-130.
  • Macrae, C. N., & Johnston, L. (1998). Help, I need somebody: Automatic action and inaction. Social Cognition, 16, 400-417.
  • Ward, T., Hudson, S. M., Johnston, L., & Marshall, W. L. (1997). Cognitive distortions in sexual offenders: An integrative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 17, 1-29.
  • Watkins, L., & Johnston, L. (2000). Screening job applicants: The impact of physical attractiveness and application quality. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 8, 76-84.

Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Issues in Social Cognition and Stereotyping
  • Introductory Psychology: Social, Personality and Development
  • Sensation, Perception and Language
  • Social Perception
  • Social Psychology

Lucy Johnston
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

  • Phone: +64 3 3642967
  • Fax: +64 3 3642181

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