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Marilynn B. Brewer

Marilynn B. Brewer

Marilynn Brewer received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University in 1968. She joined the psychology faculty at Ohio State University in 1993 as an Ohio State Eminent Scholar in social psychology. Prior to coming to OSU, Dr. Brewer was Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at UCLA. She retired from Ohio State in 2008 and is now living in Sydney, Australia, where she is affiliated with the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Brewer's primary research interests within the field of social psychology include (1) social cognition -- the perception and cognitive representation of individual persons and person "types," (2) intergroup relations, especially the study of ingroup loyalty, intergroup biases, and the effects of contact between groups on intergroup acceptance, and (3) social identities and the self concept.

During her career, Dr. Brewer has served as President of the American Psychological Society (1993-1995), and as President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (1990-91) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (1984-85). She is a recipient of the 1995 Kurt Lewin Award from SPSSI, the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology in 1992, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 2004. She has served as editor of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, and as Associate Editor of Psychological Review. In 2004 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 was awarded a Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from the American Psychological Association.

Primary Interests:

  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Brewer, M. B., (1991). The social self: On being the same and different at the same time. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 17, 475-482.
  • Brewer, M. B. (1979). Ingroup bias in the minimal intergroup situation: A cognitive-motivational analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 86, 307-324.
  • Brewer, M. B., & Chen, Y. (2007). Where (who) are collectives in collectivism: Toward a conceptual clarification of individualism and collectivism. Psychological Review, 114, 133-151
  • Brewer, M. B., Dull, V., & Lui, L. (1981). Perceptions of the elderly: Stereotypes as prototypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41, 656-670.
  • Brewer, M. B., & Gardner, W. (1996). Who is this "we"? Levels of collective identity and self representations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 83-93.
  • Brewer, M. B., & Pierce, K.P. (2005). Social identity complexity and outgroup tolerance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 428-437.
  • Brewer, M. B., & Weber, J. G. (1994). Self-evaluation effects of interpersonal versus intergroup social comparison. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 268-275.
  • Brewer, M. B., Weber, J. G., & Carini, B. (1995). Person memory in intergroup contexts: Categorization versus individuation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 29-40.
  • Livingston, R. W., & Brewer, M. B. (2002). What are we really priming? Cue-based versus category-based processing of facial stimuli. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 5-18.
  • Yuki, M., Maddux, W., Brewer, M. B., & Takemura, K. (2005). Cross-cultural differences in relationship- and group-based trust. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 48-62.

Other Publications:

  • Brewer, M. B. (1988). A dual process model of impression formation. In T. Srull & R.Wyer (Eds.). Advances in Social Cognition. Vol. 1, Earlbaum.
  • Leonardelli, G., Pickett, C., & Brewer, M.B. (2010). Optimal distinctiveness theory: A framework for social identity, social cognition, and intergroup relations. In M. Zanna (Ed.) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 43, pp. 63-113). Elsevier.

Marilynn B. Brewer
School of Psychology
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052

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