Kurt Hugenberg

Kurt HugenbergProfessor

Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-2413
314 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests:

I teach multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  In the undergraduate curriculum, I commonly teach Social Psychology (PSY221) which is a survey of social psychological theory both classic and current.  I also commonly teach Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Minority Experience (PSY 325), which is a research-focused course on the science of stereotyping.  This course involves extensive reading of primary sources and an intensive focus on small group work.  At the graduate level, I have taught courses on emotion and on stereotyping.

Research Interests:

My research program focuses broadly on how social categorization and intergroup relations interface with face perception. Research in social psychology and cognitive science indicates that we spontaneously categorize people into social categories (e.g., sex, race, religion, etc.), and that these categories influence how we organize information, relationships, and the world. 

For example, I’m interested in how social categorization influences how the face is processed, interpreted and remembered.  Much of work in the past decade has involved the Own Race Effect, or the tendency to better recognize members of racial ingroups than members of racial outgroups.  Across a number of experiments, we find that social categories affect face recognition; even minimal ingroups are recognized better than outgroups, even holding race constant.  In other research, we are investigating how prejudices toward social groups (e.g., African Americans; LGBT individuals) or other emotional states bias the perception of, attention to, and interpretation of faces and facial expressions (e.g., Bijlstra et al, 2014; Nakashima et al., 2014).  Finally, in our recent work, we are investigating how stable facial structures and configural face processing may cue ascriptions of humanness or dehumanization (e.g., Hugenberg et al., in press). 

Professional Recognition:

  • 2014                            Fellow of Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2011, 2013                   Effective Educator Nominee – Miami Univ.
  • 2010, 2012, 2013         Top 100 Faculty and Staff at Miami University (by undergraduate vote)
  • 2007, 2009, 2014         Outstanding Professor Nominee, Associated Student Government, Miami Univ.
  • 2007                            SAGE Young Scholars Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2006                            Winner of the Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society for Personality and Social Psychology 

Representative Publications:

Hugenberg, K., Young, S. G., Rydell, R. J., Almaraz, S. M., Stanko, K. A., See, P. E., & Wilson, J. P. (in press). The face of humanity: Configural face processing influences ascriptions of humanness.  Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Kawakami, K., Williams, A., Sidhu, D., Choma, B. L., Rodriguez-Balión, R., Cañadas, E., Chung, D., & Hugenberg, K.  (2014).  An eye for the I: Preferential attention to the eyes of ingroup members. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 1-20.

Wilson, J. P., See, P., Bernstein, M J., Hugenberg, K., & Chartier, C.  (2014).  Differences in anticipated interaction drive own group biases in face memory. PLOS ONE, 9(3), e90668.

Bijlstra, G., Holland, R. W., Dotsch, R., Hugenberg, K., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2014).  Stereotype associations and emotion recognition.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 567-577.

Hugenberg, K., & Wilson, J. P. (2013).  Faces are central to social cognition. D. Carlston (Ed.), Handbook of Social Cognition (pp. 167-193).  Oxford University Press. 

Sacco, D. F., Wirth, J. H., Hugenberg, K., Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2011). The world in black and white: Ostracism enhances the categorical perception of social information.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 836-842. 

Young, S., & Hugenberg, K. (2010).  Mere social categorization modulates identification of facial expressions of emotion.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 964-977.

 Hugenberg, K., Young, S., Bernstein, M., & Sacco, D. F. (2010).  The Categorization-Individuation Model: An integrative account of the cross race recognition deficit.  Psychological Review, 117, 1168-1187.