Alison Chasteen received her BA from Kalamazoo College and her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan before joining the University of Toronto. She is a social psychologist with specialized training in aging and cognition. She is a consulting editor for the journal Psychology and Aging and serves as a reviewer for numerous social psychology and aging journals. Please Click Here for her research interests.
I am interested in researching prejudice involving different populations, and in particular, the effects of stereotyping and biases on intergroup relations. Currently, I am focusing on people’s attitudes towards interracial relationships and how they relate to behaviors towards these couples. Some questions that I am exploring are: How are different types of interracial relationships perceived? What internal and external factors can account for people’s behaviors towards interracial couples? In the future, I hope to extend this research to the study of various types of close relationships such as interfaith dating and parent-child relations, as well as explore the implications of such attitudes on perceptions of multiracial children.
My main interest in intergroup relations research is prejudice intervention, particularly in using confrontation as an intervention method. More specifically, I am interested in whether confronting prejudice (or not confronting) is influenced by political orientation. Some questions I am interested in investigating are: When confronting prejudice, do people use moral language that aligns with their political orientation? Can we manipulate moral language to appeal to one’s political orientation, thus initiating attitude change? Overall, I hope my research contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between prejudice, morality, and political psychology.
My interests lie very broadly in the area of prejudice and stereotyping. My primary research focuses on religious and non-religious group biases. I hope to deepen understanding on how agnostics are viewed and treated by other theists and non-theists, and how these views compare to atheists. In the future, I would like to find ways to reduce intolerance between opposing religious/non-religious groups. I am also working on projects involving stereotype intersectionality, where I am investigating how intersecting identities affect stereotype content.
Broadly, I'm interested in intergroup relations. My primary line of research focuses on intergroup contact, examining how both direct (i.e., social interaction) and indirect (i.e., exposure to outgroups in the media) forms of contact influence intergroup attitudes in daily life. My research with Dr. Chasteen examines how target age influences perceptions of new immigrants. To gain a comprehensive understanding of these processes, I use a multi-method approach that combines self-report, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological measures.
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto pursuing a Research Specialist in Psychology with a mionr in Physiology. I've been involved in psychological research since my second year with a focus in cognitive psychology. I am excited to be working in a social psychology lab and am interested in learning new research techniques related to prejudice. My role as the lab manager of the Chasteen Lab is to ensure that the Graduate and Undergraduate students have the resources abd support required to fulfill their research needs!
Undergraduate students who would like to either volunteer in the Adult Development Lab or do a research project for course credit with Professor Chasteen should email her for more information at chasteen[at]psych.utoronto.ca