Dr. Ito's research addresses social psychological issues using a multi-level approach that integrates social psychological and neuroscience perspectives. Her research focuses in particular on issues related to stereotyping and prejudice, particularly focusing on basic social cognitive and neural mechanisms supporting the activation of group-based associations and the role of cognitive control in implicit stereotyping. She also examines the impact of stereotypes from the perspective of members of the stereotyped group. This work particularly examines the impact of gender stereotypes about math and science ability on the achievement of women in math and science. She also studies the genetic, cognitive, social, and neural processes that predict adolescent marijuana use.
Stereotyping and prejudice, person perception, social neuroscience, adolescent substance use, STEM education
PSYC 3111 - Psychological Science 2: Research Methods in Psychology
Provides a foundation in research methodology to give students the ability to design, conduct, analyze, and present (both verbally and in writing) an empirical study in psychology. Allows students to be effective producers and consumers of research.
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
PSYC 4526 - Social Neuroscience
Develops greater knowledge of the general psychological principles underlying social behavior by using methods and theories from neuroscience. Students learn about common methods in human neuroscience and how they can be applied to better understand social behavior.
PSYC 5606 - Proseminar: Social-Personality Psychology
Provides a thorough introduction to methods and theories in social psychology concerned with topics such as the self, social cognition, judgment and decision making, attitude formation and change, small group processes, inter-group relations, health and social psychology, and others. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
PSYC 7536 - Personality and Social Psychology
Selected topics in the area of social-personality psychology. Students may register for more than one section of this course within the term and/or within their graduate career. These seminars may be on one of the following topics: stereotyping and prejudice, social neuroscience, person perception, social psychology and the self, health and social psychology, race and ethnic identity, or social cognition. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.